With the Los Angeles Dodgers in their first World Series since 1988, fans from all across the Los Angeles area want in on the event. But despite Dodger Stadium having Major League Baseball’s largest capacity (56,000 seats), it’s still going to cost a pretty significant chunk of change to make it for any of the games.
How much you ask? Try a full month’s mortgage payment.
HSH’s recent calculations for average mortgage payments across the United States pegged Los Angeles at $2,369.07 per month -- among the highest figures in the country. Unfortunately, even sacrificing that much is the bare minimum to get two tickets to Game 1 of the World Series between the Dodgers and Houston Astros.
As of late Sunday evening, the cheapest tickets for Game 1 ran $944.13 apiece with fees on StubHub, and those are still in the highest part of the ballpark.
Two seats on the Reserve Level (second from the top) will run you around $1,000 to $1,100 apiece, with the price steadily rising the closer you get to home plate in that section. Paying for two? There goes an entire month’s mortgage.
It doesn’t end there. As of this writing, the top seats currently for sale fetch nearly 18 months of mortgage payments for a single seat. The two seats in row BB of Dugout Club 1 are going for $42,002 apiece on StubHub. The next-best listed seats, row AA of Dugout Club 2, are still worth over six months of mortgage payments, each ticket being sold at $15,002.
And that’s just for Game 1.
Should Games 6 and/or 7 take place, fans would part ways with even more money just to get in the door. The cheapest Game 6 tickets are $1,106 apiece, making two just shy of the average LA monthly mortgage. For Game 7, the cheapest price is $1,297 — with two tickets surpassing the average mortgage payment.
It gets even worse for visiting fans. In Houston, the average mortgage payment is $1,338.08 per month. Just one of the cheapest Game 7 tickets would cost about the price of a monthly mortgage payment. For a Houston resident, those $42,000 club seats would equal over two and a half years of mortgage payments.
It may sound crazy, but this year’s World Series is angling to be the most expensive one yet. As a result, fans could be faced with the unthinkable decision: a baseball game or a roof over their head?