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After Game 1 Win, Giants Ticket Prices Skyrocket

On the heels an 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers, already steep prices for Game 2 rise even more. How high is too high?

Propelled by three Pablo Sandoval homers and stalwart pitching from Barry Zito, the San Francisco Giants rocketed to an 8-3 win in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series Wednesday night, and ticket prices for Thursday night’s Game 2 rose right along with the black and orange.

While prices on StubHub.com for Game 2 started at around $300 Wednesday, the lowest price by the end of Game 1 had risen to nearly $460 for standing room only tickets. Those Game 2 tickets ranged to an astounding $19,000 Wednesday night, with around 2,400 tickets still available.

Tack on hefty parking prices of more than $40 per car and Giants fans heading to Game 2 are in for a pricey night.

Joellen Ferrer, spokeswoman for Stubhub, told the San Francisco Business Times that pricing “is still pretty on par with what we saw in 2010” when the Giants won the World Series over the Texas Rangers. But overall Stubhub search traffic for Giants World Series tickets is up about 20 percent over search levels during the 2010 World Series, she said.

Craigslist was equally abuzz over Game 2 tickets, with one Marin resident charging $1,800 for a pair of tickets and another seeking $6,000 for four tickets.

Those numbers had some thinking of a non-monetary strategy to get themselves into Game 2.

"I'd walk over to McCovey Cove, strip down to my skivvies and jump in if someone put two tickets in my hand right now," Ed Manalong, 50, of Daly City told the San Francisco Chronicle. "The prices people are charging are crazy, and with the economy this bad you have to be a little creative."

Are you going to Game 2? How high is too high for tickets? Tell us in the Comments!

Tina October 25, 2012 at 03:19 PM
As a huge Giants fan for many decades and unable to afford season tickets (pretty much the only way to get face value tickets) I think it is amazing that stubhub has 2400 available tickets to sell and that the Giants let them advertise right in left field
John Ferguson October 26, 2012 at 09:39 PM
The Giants were one of the first pro sports franchises to introduce variable pricing in their tickets. Seeing a Dodgers game will cost a season ticket holder considerably more than seeing an Astros game. Friday night games are more expensive than Tuesday night games, etc. Why do you think the Giants have any issue with StubHub? They're totally on board with free market pricing.

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