Whether it’s the rooftops just outside Wrigley Field or seats inside the ballpark, Cubs fans had better be prepared to shell out the color of ivy to see their favorite team live.
And even then playoff seats can be hard to come by.
Looking for a package at one of the rooftop venues? Murphy’s Rooftop Company, at 3655 N. Sheffield, was all sold out for Friday’s playoff home opener.
As of Tuesday afternoon, they still had five tickets — at $200 each — for Saturday’s game. For that price, you also get a buffet with drinks.
Matt Maroni, Murphy’s event sales manager, said sales have been “brisk.”
“Once they clinched [the division title], we had a big surge and it picked up this week now that the playoff smell is in the air,” Maroni said.
For those who smelled a World Series in the Cubs’ near future, they could have booked guaranteed tickets at Murphy’s. Tickets were $600 per person — with a $145 non-refundable fee, but they sold out on Sept. 15.
So if the Cubs don’t make the World Series, you don’t get that back.
“A small price to pay for a once-in-a-life-time thing,” Maroni said.
If you’re thinking about heading to Wrigley Field for Friday’s game, tickets were still available — but they won’t come cheap.
At Stubhub.com, there were still more than 5,500 tickets for sale, with prices starting at $143 for a standing-room-only ticket. Expect to pay about $5,000 for an infield upper-deck reserved seat.
Want a bullpen box seat? Be prepared to shell out about ten grand.
At ticketcity.com, standing-room-only tickets prices were starting at $126. Club box infield seats could be had for about $1,200.
For World Series tickets inside Wrigley Field, right now at stubhub.com, they’re going for about $1,800 for standing room only, and a jaw-dropping $1 million for a bullpen box seat.
Want to stay downtown after the game?You could still get a room for Friday night at the Travelodge Hotel Downtown for a relatively modest $289.
Earlier this week, at the other end of the scale, The Peninsula Hotel’s largest suite, named after the hotel, could be had for $9,000 for Friday night.
If the fee for the room leaves you a bit short, you could watch the game on one of the suite’s four televisions.