Ticket demand continues to surge for World Series games in DC

Fan demand for World Series tickets in Washington, D.C., continues to track at historically high levels thanks to both the event being played in the nation’s capital for the first time in 86 years and the Nationals taking a commanding 2-0 series lead over Houston.

Data from StubHub, Major League Baseball’s official ticket resale marketplace, indicated it had generated nearly $9 million in gross ticket sales volume just for Game 3, set for October 25 at Nationals Park in Washington.

The average ticket price sold for Game 3 has also surpassed $1,340, ranking as one of the higher such averages for any World Series game in the last half-decade, not counting the Chicago Cubs’ historic title run in 2016. The figure is 73 percent higher than the comparable average ticket sales price for World Series Game 3 played last year in Dodger Stadium, though that facility in Los Angeles has a much larger seating capacity. 

Game 4 of this year’s World Series, also to be played at Nationals Park and currently representing a possible clinch scenario for the Nationals, carries an even higher average ticket sales price on StubHub at $1,433.

Get-in pricing for the Nationals’ home World Series games has similarly soared to nearly $1,200 per ticket for standing-room access, again displaying the heightened fan intensity for the contests there. All the figures are higher than at the start of the week.

“I don’t know what the Nats fans are going to be like,” said Nationals manager Davey Martinez. “I know they’re going to be loud. I know it’s going to be exciting here. They waited for a long time for this opportunity.”

US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, said he plans to attend Game 5 of the World Series on October 27, if it extends that far. But if that happens, he does not plan to throw out the first pitch, as has been customary for many prior presidents attending MLB jewel events.

“They got to dress me up in a lot of heavy armor,” Trump said, referring to the bulletproof vest that is required wear for presidents throwing out first pitches. “I’ll look too heavy. I don’t like that.”

Trump attending the game would also require a significant heightening of overall ballpark security.