Prices on the resale market for tickets to the Cubs-Mets National League Championship Series are shattering records.
The average asking price for tonight's Game 1 at Citi Field was $598.01 Friday afternoon, with a low of $201, according to TiqIQ.com, which monitors a number of secondary market sites.
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The average asking price for the four scheduled games at Citi Field was $831.28.
That is a bargain compared with the three scheduled games at Chicago's Wrigley Field, with an average $1,223.134. The $936.64 overall average for the series is the highest TiqIQ has seen for any LCS.
The reason? A chance to watch their team in postseason is a high priority for hungry Cub fans, most of whom have never seen their team play in the World Series. The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908 and last played a Series game in 1945.
The NLCS is the steppingstone to the World Series.
Back in New York, Game 1 Pepsi Porch tickets at Citi Field, with a face value of $55, were going for an average price of $375 Friday afternoon.
Chris Matcovich, a spokesman for TiqIQ, said: "Ticket prices for this year's NLCS are the highest we have ever tracked, which does not come as a surprise. You have two postseason-starved fan bases looking at the opportunity at a first World Series berth in a while. We could easily see prices jump up even more depending on how the series plays out. Who and where a team can clinch will really play into the direction these prices move."
SeatGeek.com, another site that monitors secondary market availability, said prices actually paid -- as opposed to asking prices -- for the first two games in New York were averaging $350 as of Friday afternoon, with Games 3 and 4 in Chicago averaging $725.
The lowest price for any of the three potential games at Wrigley was $482 for Game 3.
"The market for Cubs-Mets at Wrigley is astounding," said Connor Gregoire, a SeatGeek spokesman. "It's actually on par with prices we've seen for World Series games in other cities."