What Would You Pay for Chicago Cubs World Series Tickets?

As the season began for the Chicago Cubs there was high expectations.  Last year surprisingly the Cubs made the playoffs and were only 4 games away from being in the World Series.  I was even offered a ticket to go to the game last year, well not for free but minus any extra costs from fees and expectations of funny business with the ticket, I politely declined and said we should talk if they make it to the World Series, unfortunately they did not and the $500 offer, much like the chances of making the World Series dissapeared into the October sky.

As the time came this fall season and as magic would have it the Cubs made the World Series, I had to ask myself a question that I never had to honestly answer.  A question that was in theory and only made up during long walks with my dog and conversations with old friends.  What would I pay to see the Chicago Cubs in the World Series?

It was around September that this NY Times article came out discussing that exact question.  Was seeing the World Series really priceless?  Should I be setting aside money to make this all happen?  I guess I was asking myself in the end how much do I love the Chicago Cubs?  What a scary question to ask yourself about your life long favorite sport team.

It was question that I was unwilling to answer, well at least honestly.  I grew up watching my grandfather shouting curse words at the TV in between yelling at the grandchildren to get out of the way.  The passion he had watching various Cubs players in good but mostly bad times was a sight to see.  Even after his eyesight had left him, the same curse words were yelled, only this time at the voices  from the radio announcers instead of the TV.  The grandchildren would still giggle at the use of the “occasional” colorful terminology used to describe his distaste for an error or a strikeout by any Cubs player.

It was around that time, I knew I was a Cubs fan.  One of my prouder moments, at least as defined by a life long Cubs fan, was to  be “sick” and stay home to watch my beloved Cubs when they played on WGN on Friday afternoons.  If the Cubs would win I was all better right after the game, however during losses the sickness seemed to stick around for a few hours or at least until I realized the weekend was here.

Growing up a sports fan, especially with my loyalty to the Chicago Cubs, it certainly has some ups and downs.  I have attended Cubs games over the years, some were given to me and some I spent a few extra dollars to buy, and until I recently I probably did not have.  I even have my name on the season tickets waiting list for the Cubs……….again.  A couple years ago when the losses were piling up I received an email to purchase season tickets.  I was deeply in debt with my student loans, credit cards, and personal loan.  I was just getting things together financially both with my job, finances, and life.  My wife and I discussed this and despite the opportunity to claim my season tickets, we decided against it.  This was the right move, as much as it hurt at the time, she was right.  Today I stand at 37,763.

So you are saying there's a chance?!?!

So you are saying there’s a chance?!?!

The weather is cold and windy just like Chicago always has been in October and during that time I have watched every game of the playoffs, I rode my bike to Wrigley a couple times just to see what the atmosphere would be like, I even watched the most of the World Series clinching game at a local brewery full of Cubs fans.  The moment they made the World Series, I could barely sleep because of the excitement and the question I had to ask myself again, except this time it was real.  What would I pay to watch the Chicago Cubs play in the World Series at Wrigley Field?

My friend and co-worker made the trip to Cleveland to watch Game 1 as the ticket prices were below $1,000.  The same cannot be said for Wrigley Field, as of this writing the median ticket price is $3,000.    A couple weeks ago I looked at my bank account, staring intently at the balance.  I keep a separate account that is used primarily as a “man fund”, building up dollars over time with eBay, the blog, and even the occasional bike rental.  I looked at my account and made the decision that I would not be seeing the Chicago Cubs win the World Series at Wrigley Field.

I am a sports fan, I am a Cubs fan, and I hope they win the World Series.  You might find me at a local brewery watching the game, feeling the electricity of Chicago, as fans and the city unite to see something that has not been done in 71 years and very possibly 107 years.  I might ride my bike over to the stadium early on or stop at a Wrigley establishment not charging $250 to watch the Cubs……on a TV.  I might not be seen at all except for by the eyes of my lovely wife and Siberian husky while I watch the game from the comforts of my home.

I might buy a local craft brew, eat a pizza or a Chicago hot dog, and yell at the Cubs when they are losing, just like my grandpa, and cheer when they are winning.  I don’t know what I would pay for a World Series ticket to see my Chicago Cubs, but I know I will be rooting for them every step of the way.  Go Cubs Go!

 

How you ever thought what you would pay to see your favorite sports team, concert, or live event?

Photo credit is the Chicago Cubs Instagram account as me and 58,671 people responded with #FlyTheW to win tickets to Game 3.  No such luck if you are wondering.

9 Responses to “What Would You Pay for Chicago Cubs World Series Tickets?

  • It could be a once an a life time opportunity, but I would not break the bank over it. I like the idea of getting out and enjoying yourself locally with other fans. I’m sure that will be a memorable experience. I’m pulling for the NL and the Cubs. Good luck!
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      6 months ago

      Thanks for the Good Luck, nice to see the Cubs win it all!

  • I’m watching the Cubs and Indians right now 🙂 I think I would pay $1k to watch Virginia Tech in a National Championship, the Washington Nationals in the World Series and the Washington Redskins in a Super Bowl. Anything over that I’d probably have to really think hard.

    Since none of these things will probably happen in my lifetime due to the way DC sports teams play out. I have nothing to worry about 🙁
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      6 months ago

      I think the Nationals have some sort of shot, but yeah 1K is a lot of money, but then again I get it especially as a sports fan.

  • If I was a die hard cubs fan, I would probably pay up to $1k to go. Luckily, im not a die hard cubs fan. Its ridiculous trying to go to a championship event in any sport these days although its a bucket list type item for me. I would love to go to a superbowl, world series, etc…

    I did get the chance to go to an NBA finals game when I was living in TX which was super cool. I paid $350 per ticket for literally the last row up top. LOL. I would say worth it though. Now i can say i have been to an NBA finals game. Pretty awesome.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      6 months ago

      1K apparently is the going rate around here. I wonder as I get closer to FI if major bucket list items will be a higher importance since I will “have the money”, definitely interesting to think about. Hey $350 isn’t bad for a story and a bucket list cross off:)

  • I got a laugh with the description of your grandfather yelling at the TV (and then the radio) during cubs game. That’s awesome. I’ve always been a sports fan, and I totally feel your tug to go be a part of it.

    How did you end up watching the series now that it’s all over? I liked the idea of being in a bar with other fans, watching on TV, and enjoying yourself for much less money. And being at home with your wife and huskie is just as cool. I think the important thing will be to say “Remember where we were when the Cubs won it all? That was a memory.” Wherever it was, it will be special.

    I’m not a Cubs fan, but I had fun cheering for them this year.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      6 months ago

      Yeah my Grandpa enjoyed yelling that’s for sure, haha.

      I did a combination, I watched one of the bigger games at a local brewery by my house. For the most part I watched the games at my house with my wife, especially game 7 since it was on a Wednesday night and lasted till after midnight, I was exhausted the next day at work.

      Go Cubs Go!

  • I’m not the type of person who would go crazy over a live event, but I would like to attend Burning Man one day and from what I’ve heard that’s rather expensive.
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