How to Get World Series Tickets

The World Series pits the 2 top teams in Major League Baseball (MLB) against each other. The first series was played in 1903 and it has been played every year since 1905. The teams can play up to 7 games, and they play at both of the competing teams' stadiums. Postseason tickets at both venues are highly coveted, because baseball fans enjoy a heated competition, even if their favorite teams are not playing. Tickets are allocated to the teams that are playing and corporate sponsors. They are usually purchased through the team's website or stadium, or through secondary market websites. It is important to be cautious when purchasing tickets, because every year thousands of counterfeit tickets are sold to willing fans. This article will tell you how to get World Series tickets.


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    Be prepared to pay a large amount for tickets. During some World Series matches, a standing-room only ticket can go for $650 on the secondary market. This means that seats in the arcade can be sold for several thousand dollars.
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    Enter a World Series ticket Sweepstakes or contest. The MLB has its own Sweepstakes that can be entered by online form during August. Look for many local contests to increase your chances of winning by drawing.
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    Buy season tickets for your favorite team. The season ticket holders for the year's championship teams usually get the right to buy tickets to the game at face value. In 2011, the Cardinals allowed those who bought season tickets for the next year to buy a current world series ticket at face value.
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    Purchase tickets in advance from a team's website or stadium. Although season ticket holders get the chance to purchase at face value, this may also be possible if you purchase the tickets online, by phone or at the stadium box office before or right after the team qualifies.
    • Allotted team tickets sell out very quickly after the team qualifies. One year they sold out within 18 minutes of going on sale.
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    Go to or Ticketmaster's Ticket Exchange. StubHub is an affiliate of eBay and a partner of Major League Baseball and most of the American and National league teams. The following are good tips for buying baseball tickets on this secondary market:
    • StubHub has the advantage of guaranteeing your tickets, unlike some other websites. They have agreed to a process of reselling series tickets for the MLB. Once you buy a seat from an existing ticket, they deactivate the old ticket bar code and they create a new bar code for them. They will send you the tickets by email in Portable Document Format (PDF).
    • Go to the "World Series" section on site. It will tell you how many tickets are available and the lowest price you can find. Click on "See Tickets." You can choose based on price, number of tickets, seating and more. Buy a ticket with a credit card as soon as you find the tickets. They are not likely to be available at the same price for long.
    • Search for tickets during the playoff games. Buying tickets before the teams are set allows you the option of a refund. StubHub knows that even if you ask for a refund, they can always resell it to an eager fan. As soon as the game is decided, ticket prices will go up by $100 to $1,000.
    • Set a "Price Alert." You can name a price that you are willing to pay and you will receive word if there is a ticket available. This is a good way to stay within a budget.
    • Tickets are sold up to 2 hours before the game. Prices may go down as the game nears, because the seller will not benefit from having an empty seat.
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    Check the teams' websites regularly. Sometimes tickets become available if there are open seats. If there is an agreement between the team and StubHub, you may be redirected to their website to purchase the tickets.
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    Check the venue before and during the World Series. Tickets occasionally become available and are sold at the gate up to 2 hours before the game. This is rare, but others may assume that there are no tickets.
    • Buy tickets at the bigger stadium, if you have an option between the 2. Because there are more seats available, they are also likely to be less expensive.


  • Always be skeptical when buying MLB tickets on the secondary market. Low prices may be too good to be true.
  • Ask friends who work for corporate sponsors if they have tickets. Some tickets are allocated to companies and business partners. They are often given as gifts to high-level employees.
  • If you buy a ticket for a series game that is not played, you can request a refund. Those who paid online or by phone will have their purchase refunded automatically onto the credit card they used. Those who purchased tickets at the box office will need to request a refund by writing to the team's stadium. Addresses are available on the MLB website.
  • Always pay with a credit card or a PayPal account. These are secure forms of payment, and you may be able to get a refund if you are the victim of a scam.
  • Look up secondary market websites on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. This company evaluates the business and posts complaints and reviews from people who have used it.


  • Use extreme caution when purchasing tickets from Craigslist or from scalpers. These are not certified sellers and there is a high risk that you will be the victim of a scam. People often sell deactivated or counterfeit tickets. In this case, you will lose your money and be unable to see the game.

Things You'll Need

  • Credit card
  • Season tickets
  • PayPal account
  • Ticket contests
  • StubHub or Ticket Master's Ticket Exchange
  • Better Business Bureau

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