It's getting to a point where a get-in ticket to Game 1 of the World Series, a cheap plane flight to Tampa and a hotel room together might cost you about the same as an average ticket to one of the three games in Philly.
Prices on the low range to Game 1 tomorrow in Tampa, for a spot in the upper deck, have been going the past 24 hours for between $100 and $200. On average, prices to the four potential games at Tropicana Field is $461, a $38 decrease since noon Monday.
So what's going on? Sean Pate, of StubHub, wrote in an e-mail that it's a "new market, unfamiliar with the market pricing of championship sporting events therefore unwilling or unable to pay elevated rates. Tepid team loyalty despite in vogue nature of the Rays right now. Fun to buy and shirt or a hat, but most fans aren’t in love with them enough to be willing to spend 700 or 800 for a pair of tickets. This is a 10-yea-old franchise we’re talking about here with its first taste of success.
"South Florida," he continued, "has marginal fan loyalty for most professional teams.. Most Floridians identify with other teams where they came from originally. In Colorado we saw prices in the 700 avg range last year but Denver market feels more civic pride with the Rockies than central Florida does with the Rays in my estimation."