Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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NLCS tickets in Philly averaging $249

The going rate for a game at the ballpark to see the Phillies and Dodgers was averaging $249.

NLCS tickets in Philly averaging $249

Updated information on the price of tickets for the Phillies-Dodgers series should move in the morning. StubHub's release sent out Monday morning pegged the average price for the four possible games at Citizens Bank Park was $249. The get-in-the gate price was around $165.

Breaking down the games, tickets for Game 1 on Thursday night were averaging $241 and for Game 2 were averaging $256. They go up a couple of dollars for Game 6 on Friday, Oct. 17, and peak at $266 for the possible Game 7 on Saturday, Oct. 18

The most expensive ticket sold was $995 for Game 1 in the Diamond Club behind home plate. The least expensive that's been sold for Game 1 has been $75.

All of this was happening as the stock market was going in the tank, but as StubHub spokesman Sean Pate noted in an e-mail: "People will skimp on what is disposable or luxury like $4 coffee or expensive Friday night dinners. But the Phillies in the NLCS comes along once a decade so that’s not something to pass on. Most of the major sporting events will see this same effect."

Assuming you can get a cheap flight, those tickets at Dodger Stadium for Games 3, 4 and 5 are a bargain compared to what they are going for here. The average price was $154, the most for Game 3 ($161) and the least for Game 4 ($144). Someone had bought a ticket for $30 to sit in the leftfield pavilion to watch Game 3. The high for Game 3 was $2500 for a seat in the Dugout Club.

Locally, Bryan Abrams of B&B Tickettown in Wilmington said as of Monday afternoon that they still had a few tickets remaining.

Paul Vigna
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Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

Athletic contests were, for a long time, simply fun and games. Nowadays they’re just a small part of a sports entertainment industry that puts billions of dollars into play and a number of issues into motion. Moneyball indeed. You might be closer to the action than ever before, but that privilege comes at a price - and often it’s beyond what you can afford.

With that as the backdrop we’ll use this blog to dig out stories and swap advice about how the fan experience is changing and what it’s costing you now and in the future. Some of it will educate, some will let you vent. And in a sports panel format, it should allow for a consensus of opinion that can carry some weight.

Reach Paul at vignap@phillynews.com.

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