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Top 16 Most Expensive Sports Tickets

People love sports. If you don’t believe that, just walk in to a professional sporting competition and catch a glimpse of the borderline hysterical behavior. You may have even been guilty yourself, screaming your head off at the referee or razzing the opposing team’s outfielder in between innings. But no matter what we do when supporting our favorite athlete or team, the most accurate gauge of enthusiasm is in the price we’re willing to pay just to “be there” and experience it for ourselves.

In that spirit, check out this list we’ve put together of the Top 16 Most Expensive Sports Tickets from recent years. As you look over these ask yourself: how far you’d be willing to go to experience the action firsthand? Is a ticket to a 3-4 hr sporting event worth a mortgage payment or the price of a new car?

1. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sport: F1 Racing

Formula 1 Racing is the most popular racing sport in the world, and while events such as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix can put a sting on your pocketbook, they’re not as expensive as some of the other sports you’re about to see. However, Abu Dhabi is considered the most expensive F1 event in the world, and to make sure you’re a part of it, you’ll have to lay down around $513 for a single ticket. Not too bad comparably, but if you’re an international fan, any savings you might get from the ticket will quickly be negated by travel expenses.


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Highlights Through The Years

2. The Masters 2013

Sport: PGA Golf

While Yahoo! Sports declared The Masters the most expensive event in all of sports, that really depends on how you want to qualify it. Prices fluctuate when you factor in third-party sellers and the natural supply and demand for any sporting competition, so for now, we’ll hold off our endorsement. Still, the $4,486 four-day pass does make The Masters a big deal. What also makes it a big deal is the fact you’ll be literally brushing shoulders with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, and other modern greats of the green, while filling up on $3 beers and $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches.


Top 10 Greatest Golf Shots in The Masters

3. Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Sport: American Football

If you’re an American, then it’s almost guaranteed you know about the Super Bowl. In fact, of the ten most watched shows in television history, nine of them are Super Bowls. Even if you’re not a football fan, you probably tune in every year just to watch the commercials and the halftime show. But as game day draws near, you’ll need some really deep couch cushions if you’re going to attend in-person. Face value ticket prices for 2013 averaged about $1,210, according to NOLA.com, but third party ticket prices were listed as high as $316,000. Good luck footing that bill!


Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens vs. 49ers highlights

4. FIFA World Cup 2014 Final

Sport: Soccer

Soccer is far and away the biggest team sport in the world. While the United States is just starting to embrace it as part of the mainstream, we’re way behind everyone else. With clubs that date back more than a century, there is an enormous amount of heritage and respect tied to the game that ingrains it into the dreams of young hopefuls from the time they first learn how to bicycle kick. But if you think playing in the global tournament-to-end-all-tournaments is difficult, you should try attending. The World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil, and to get there, you’ll need at least $990 for a single ticket to the Final, plus travel expenses. Furthermore, if you want to see all group and tournament matches for a specific team, it’ll run you about $3,350 per person for all seven matches. Of course, if your team doesn’t make it through the tourney, you can still go to the R16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals, or you may want to sell those to help defray trip costs, but doing so will be an uphill battle.


Germany vs Argentina (1-0) World Cup 2014 Highlights

5. BCS National Championship 2013: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

Sport: College Football

Alabama Crimson Tide Head Football Coach Nick Saban has led his team to three National Championships since 2009, including a victory against his former employer (the LSU Tigers) in 2011. During that game, the Tide also topped ticket prices with an average cost of $632.71, according to ESPN. But that was nothing compared to the prices for ‘Bama’s 2012 drubbing of Notre Dame. High-end buyers for the 2012 BCS title game had to pay as much as $250,000 for a luxury box. (Seats were not sold separately.)


01/07/2013 BCS National Championship: Alabama vs Notre Dame Highlights

6. London Olympics 2012: Opening Ceremony

Sport: Track & Field

While events, such as swimming, basketball, and tennis can fetch several hundred dollars per ticket on the resell market, nothing compares to the price for an Olympic Opening Ceremony ticket. SeatGeek tracked ticket purchases throughout the 2012 Games in London and found that people were willing to pay as much as $4,000 for category B seats on eBay. The next closest event was swimming, which clocked in with an average ticket a little north of $700. Depending on the events you decided to attend after the lighting of the torch, this one could have gotten out of hand in a hurry, price-wise.

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7. NBA Finals 2010, Game 7: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

Sport: Basketball

The Lakers-Celtics rivalry is one of the most popular in all of sports. So when the two met up for the 2010 NBA Finals, high ticket prices were to be expected. The result: a single courtside ticket ran $57,950. For a pair (the minimum purchase), it was more than $115,000, or a little north of the price tag on a 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-550 convertible (according to the New York Times). Considering the Lakers would take the title in the seventh and final game by just four points, some might say the expense was worth it — Lakers fans anyway.


2010 NBA Finals – Boston vs Los Angeles – Game 7 Best Plays

8. New York Yankees Legends Suites

Sport: Baseball

High ticket prices needn’t be tied to the importance of a sports competition. Sometimes tickets are expensive just because of where you’re sitting and whom you’re watching. Take the Legends Suites at Yankee Stadium. The suites hold 122, and each ticket runs close to $2,500, according to Forbes. Furthermore, they have to be leased years in advance in three-, five-, seven-, and ten-year increments. At the very least, that’s around $915,000 per game. And if the Yankees manage to make it into the playoffs, it gets pricier from there, easily cracking the $1 million mark.

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9. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez

Sport: Boxing

Boxing’s current pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr., defeated knockout puncher Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and walked away with a cool $42 million, thanks in part to what people were willing to pay at the box office. Ringside seats went for as much as $30,940 per ticket due to both fighters being unbeaten.


Floyd Mayweather vs Saul Canelo Alvarez Highlights

10. UFC: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson

Sport: MMA

When Jon Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight championship against top contender Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on September 21, he did so in front of an always lively Canadian crowd, who as countrymen to UFC great Georges St.-Pierre, take their MMA very seriously. The fight, which took place in Toronto, featured a number of tickets that went for north of $1,000, with four being offered at $2,995. For that price, patrons were so close to the cage, they needed an umbrella to deflect the bloodshed.


UFC 165 Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Fight Highlights

11. Stanley Cup Finals 2013: Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Sport: Ice Hockey

The US isn’t known for its embrace of professional ice hockey. Historically, the sport has been more of a Canada-Russia thing. So when two American cities squared off for the Stanley Cup in 2013, no one expected average prices to reach $1,380; but then, no one expected the Boston Marathon bombing to happen either. Forbes attributed the uptick in pricing to the tragedy, noting how repeat championship appearances often drive future ticket prices downward. Since the Bruins had been to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, the 30 percent spike in this year’s prices indicated the city was latching on to every source of pride it could to overcome the senseless tragedy of April 15, 2013.


NHL Stanley Cup Finals 2013 Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks Game 6 – highlights All Goals

12. Wimbledon Finals 2013: Andy Murray vs. Novak Djovokic

Sport: Tennis

International tennis stars Andy Murray and Novak Djovokic squared off in July 2013 in what would become one of the more expensive events in Wimbledon’s history. On the morning of the championship match, ticket prices soared to around $65,000 each. For the price, last-minute buyers were treated to a three-hour battle for the ages that resulted in Murray defeating Djovokic, becoming the first British winner of the men’s singles title since Fred Perry in 1936 and the first Scot — man or woman — to win Wimbledon singles since Harold Mahoney in 1896.

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13. Vancouver Olympics 2010: Men’s Hockey Final — Canada vs. US

Sport: Ice Hockey

Whether it was place, circumstance, or a combination of the two, the men’s 2012 Winter Olympics ice hockey final managed to top that year’s Super Bowl in terms of face value ticket prices. A single pass to the overtime thriller that saw host country Canada taking the Gold Medal from the US, 3-2, would have cost an individual $3,250, according to CNN Money. Despite the expense, the neighboring countries were still able to pack in more than 17,000 people.


Top 10 Hockey Plays Of The 2010 Olympics

14. WWE Wrestlemania 29

Sport: Professional Wrestling

Given the fact the outcomes are rehearsed ahead of time, it’s perfectly understandable if you don’t want to acknowledge the WWE as a sport. The company classifies its product as “sports entertainment,” which sounds closer to reality. Regardless, it does take a high degree of athleticism to be able to do the things many of these wrestlers do, and patrons of the company’s annual event, known as Wrestlemania, are willing to pay big money to see their ring heroes up close and personal.

What qualifies as “big money” in the pro wrestling world? In November 2012, ringside tickets for last April’s show went on sale at $2,075 a pop. But hey, at least you got to keep your seat!

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15. Major League Baseball All-Star Game 2011

Sport: Baseball

Phoenix, Arizona’s Chase Field hosted the 2011 contest between the National League and American League All-Stars. If you were in attendance and sitting right behind home plate, then you had to pay $3,600 for the honor. But per the rules of the event, you were also required to purchase an additional ticket at the same price, which meant the entire experience would have cost $7,200 before even getting to the hot dogs and beer.

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16. Major League Baseball World Series Game 7 2016

Sport: Baseball

Cleveland, Ohio’s Progressive Field hosted the 2016 World Series game seven between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. If you were in attendance and sitting behind the Chicago Cubs dugout, then you had to pay $19,500. But per the rules of the event, you were also required to purchase an additional ticket at the same price, which meant the entire experience at the World Series game 7 would have cost $39,000 before even getting parking, food, drinks or MLB merchandise. The get’in price for the game 7 of the World Series was $2,400 per ticket.


Cubs vs Indians | World Series Game 7 Highlights (Cubs Win World Series)

As you can see, when it comes to sports, fans are willing to pay almost any price to support their favorites. While most people reading this wouldn’t dream of shelling out $30,000 for a single ticket, there’s always someone out there with the wallet and the passion to push the laws of supply and demand a little further than we thought possible.

What is the most that you would be willing to pay to attend a sporting event, and under what circumstances would you be willing to pay it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and definitely consider ordering your next concert, sports, or theatre ticket from http://www.BarrysTickets.com/ in the future.

You can also check out the 10 Most Expensive NBA Games To Sit Courtside At!

Matt Guerrier- Dodgers Relief Pitcher Rocks!

Matt Guerrier

Matthew Olson Guerrier is a professional baseball relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the American Baseball League. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on the 2nd of August, 1978. He is a dextral pitcher and stands at 6’3’’ and weighs 195 lbs. He attended Kent State University during his college years prior to playing professional baseball.

The dextral pitcher from Ohio was originally drafted in the 1996 Major League draft by the Kansan City Royals, but decided to continue with his education instead of signing with the club. He was again drafted in 1999 during the 10th round by the Chicago Whitesox.

He began his professional career in 1999 playing at Virginia for the Appalachian League team, the Bristol Whitesox, and played 21 games for the rookie level farm team. Later in the season, he would move up to Carolina League, playing for the Winston-Salem Warthogs, playing the last 4 games of the season with the A+ team. During his freshman year as a professional, he registered a 100% win record, posting a total of 5-0 win-loss record while maintaining an ERA of 1.55.

In 2000, he continued playing in the Carolina League, and was even tied in second in terms of saves with 19, until he was again promoted to the double A team, the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. Collectively, he played in a total of 53 games during his sophomore year. He was got the most saves in the organization with 26 saves. He continued playing in the Southern League through the first half of his third year as a pro until he was again promoted to the Charlotte Knights. He posted the most number of wins and best win-loss ratio among minor leaguers in 2001 with a win-loss record of 18-4.

The Pittsburg Pirates acquired Matt Guerrier on March 27, 2002 via a trade, sending Damaso Marte to Chicago. For two next two seasons, the right-handed pitcher would play for the organizations’triple A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. By the end of the 2003 season, the Minnesota Twins would select Guerrier off a waiver, and he had his debut in the majors with the Twins on June 17, 2004 versus the Montreal Expos. He would stay in the organization for the next 7 seasons.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, his current team, would acquire Guerrier in 2011. He was signed by the Dodgers to a $12 million, 3-year contract. Guerrier was the league leader in number of appearances for the 2008-2009 season, and his durability was a significant factor for his acquisition by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Barry’s Tickets Announces No Service Fees!

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Chris Cabrera of Barry’s Tickets commented “We are letting our customers know exactly what they are paying for when they see the price in the list of available tickets.  Our clientele should not be thrown off guard when they approach the end of their online order and see additional fees woven into the final price listed as a ‘service fee.’  At Barry’s Tickets we are upfront about our prices and we tell you from the beginning of your ticket search what you will expect to pay.”

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