10/03/2003 8:43 PM ET
Cubs hottest ticket in town
Little luck for last-minute ticket seekers before Game 3
CHICAGO -- This was, quite possibly, the hottest ticket in Chicago sports since the Chicago Bulls bid farewell to Michael Jordan and their run of NBA Championship games.
Wrigley Field has not played host to the postseason since 1998 and it has never been the site of a game played on a Friday night. Put those two factors together and you have a recipe for an expensive evening to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS.
Brian Smith, a Woodstock, Ill. native, was walking purposely down Addison Street behind the right-field grandstand of Wrigley Field with two fingers held above his head. Unfortunately, Smith was getting more inquries from buyers than sellers.
"Between $200 and $250 is the best we've found," Smith said about an hour before game time. "Bleachers are going for $250. I'm paying $75 apiece or I am in a bar watching this game. I think they'll televise it here someplace."
The face value of those bleacher tickets was $35.
Tony Parsons of Naperville, Ill. said he took a
half-day off of work on Friday hoping to come up with a plan
to get himself and a buddy a pair of seats.
"But there just aren't any tickets available," Parsons
said. "There are no tickets out there. I could get one
for between $300 and $500 in section 219. Last
Saturday, when the Cubs clinched the division in the
doubleheader, I bought a ticket in 219 for $50."
If you believe the hype, premium seats were going for
some serious bank. Several fans said they heard a
single seat behind the Cubs dugout was running a cool
$2,500. Of course, it is in the front row.
Andy Seger, of Chicago, was still considering all his
options. He had tickets, but being the optimist, he was
trying to get a better seat. Well, he was trying to
find an actual seat.
"I got standing-room only tickets from a friend for
$100 a pop, and I thought that was pretty good," he
Rob Bressler, of Chicago, didn't even plan to attend
Friday night's game. But he said something told him to get
off the El at the Addison stop and scout out the
"I was supposed to meet friends downtown to watch the
game," he said. "But I had to at least try to get some
tickets. But it's not working out so well. I can't
afford to pay the $300 they are asking for a bleacher
ticket. I'm hoping to get lucky with some Cubs fans who
will take pity on me and sell me their extra tickets.
"I'll probably go as high as $150 if I have to."
One lone Braves fan in the crowd milling around
outside the Sports Corner bar might have to try a little
harder to get her tickets. Hayley Weeks and her
boyfriend, Kenny Cappadona, are from Alabama. Yes, they are
"We're trying to find cheap ones," she said. "But
they're all $200. We're hoping to find some $100 ones. I'm
willing to pay more than he is, but not more than
$150. We're college students and we don't have jobs."
Sternig is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This
story was not subject to approval by Major League
Baseball or its clubs.
By Amy Sternig / MLB.com