The Cubs could make history this weekend — at least in terms of ticket prices.
World Series ticket sales on the secondary market are rapidly approaching levels only seen for recent Super Bowls and the oh-so-hyped fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao last year. If the Cubs win the first two home games at Wrigley Field, industry experts predict Sunday’s Game 5 could produce, on average, the most expensive scalped tickets in U.S. sports history.
“You have a lot of things at play. Chicago is a large city, and it’s a baseball city,” said Cameron Papp, spokesman for StubHub, an online marketplace for secondary tickets. “There’s also 108 years of pent-up demand.”
The current secondary market record belongs to this year’s Super Bowl, where the median price was $3,894 to witness Peyton Manning compete in his final game. The median price for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in 2015 was $3,700 on StubHub, which has been tracking sales data since 2002.