TAMPA, Fla. — Rays fan Immanuel Smart is doing everything he can to take his mother to the World Series.
“We’ve been texting each other back and forth and calling each other every time they win and stuff. It would just be like my dream to take her to these games," he said.
According to Major League Baseball (MLB), tickets for seven potential World Series games are sold out.
They made only about 11,500 available for the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. That’s 28% of total capacity.
“The flights aren’t bad. They are $76 round trip. That’s not the problem. It’s just the tickets," said Smart.
You can find tickets on the secondary market.
StubHub has a few tickets for Game 1 at $400 each to sit in the upper deck of right field. But to sit down low, you’ll find tickets from $1,200 to $3,000 each.
“If COVID didn’t happen I feel like it would have been fine. But the markup value is just ridiculous," said Smart.
Fans are scrambling on social media, trying to find people with extra tickets or fans of the Astros and Braves looking to unload.
The tickets were originally sold in pods of four seats together, spaced out for social distancing.
Masks are required in the stadium except when fans are drinking or eating.