Travel Tip of the Day: Where to Buy Discounted Baseball Tickets

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Where to Buy Discounted Baseball Tickets
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to take in a baseball game—especially if it’s at a baseball stadium I’ve never been to. I’ve been to 20 major ballparks in the United States to see these home teams: Yankees, Mets, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Cubs, Royals, Rockies, Twins, Mariners, Rangers, Pirates, Indians, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Athletics, Angels, Phillies, Braves, and Cardinals. I’ve been fortunate to attend the World Series twice, spring training games in both Arizona and Florida, the first Major League Baseball game in Australia, and I played baseball on Doubleday Field in Cooperstown with Phil Niekro.

The downside is that going to baseball games can be expensive unless you know where to buy discounted baseball tickets. According to Bottomline, “The best place to purchase baseball tickets is on secondary-market websites, where tickets already purchased from the team are resold. These might be tickets owned by season ticket holders who cannot attend a particular game or tickets purchased in bulk by brokers. Most baseball games do not sell out, so these sellers must price their tickets significantly below the amount the team charges to attract buyers.”

Here are the two sites they recommend you check out for discounted baseball tickets:

SeatGeek.com is not technically a resale site—it’s a consolidator site that displays tickets available from most of the major reliable online resellers in one place for easy comparison.

StubHub.com is the largest ticket-resale marketplace—and the only major marketplace that does not currently list its tickets through SeatGeek.”

Their advice for saving money is to wait. According to SeatGeek, baseball tickets are 37% cheaper on game day than 30 days earlier. However, you don’t want to wait until the last minute since most secondary sites stop selling tickets a few hours before game time, and some stop as many as six hours before.

The greatest bargains are on weeknight games in spring and September (as long as the team isn’t in a pennant race). To read more, check out the Bottomline post.

 

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2 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Where to Buy Discounted Baseball Tickets"

  1. Johnny, I share your passion and do the same thing with baseball stadiums. In many cities, I have to revisit as they have newer stadiums. In just about every city, scalpers can be found who always have tickets at discounted prices, especially if you are traveling alone.

  2. I use ticketmonster.com. They have no fees. I have gotten some really good deals on them for weeknight games early in the season.

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