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(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) - If you’re thinking you need to sell your house or sell your kidney to get a Red Sox World Series ticket, Jim Holzman of resellers Ace Tickets says, this year, it’s really not all that bad.
"There are some great values to be had right now for the Wednesday Game 1, because people are a little scared of the weather so that's made the market come down a little bit," Holzman said. NECN meteorologist and weather executive producer Matt Noyes predicts there’s a small chance of rain, likely to end right around the start of the Sox-Cardinals game Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Holzman said Fenway tickets for the World Series are running from $350 to $4,000, depending on location within Fenway, but on average, around $900 a seat. That, Holzman said, compares to an average $1,200 per seat in 2007 and $2,500 in 2004 when the Red Sox ended their 86-year championship.
The prices of "'04, you'll never see again. The prices in '04 were completely insane. You know, nobody would sell their ticket, no matter how much money you'd offer them," Holzman said, adding that it feels like this year, "people have kind of 'been there done that' -- however, the people that haven't done it are really flocking to go to these games," just not putting the same relentless upward price on tickets. That could all change, Holzman thinks, if the Red Sox take it to a Game Six in Fenway and are in position to win the World Series for the first time in modern history in Boston.
Already, the Better Business Bureau is warning that it’s seeing evidence of fake tickets and fake hotel/travel packages to St. Louis and Boston. Holzman said he’s seen very high quality fake tickets. "Feeling the paper is how I can tell -- but the average person could never tell that," Holzman said, adding that it’s a strong argument for doing business only with mainstream brand-name ticket resellers.
If you can't get inside, one new company loving this series is Spogo, a Boston-based startup with a new smartphone app where you answer questions and make predictions – like, "Which beard is the first to get tugged after a home run? Pedroia? Napoli? Ortiz? Or none of the above." As you get credit for answering questions correctly, you get points that you can redeem for things like free appetizers at Jerry Remy’s sports bar, or "cut the line" vouchers at sports bars or even a free party for 25 at participating bars, or free t-shirts of other apparel from Boston vendors.
The last time the Sox were in world championship contention, no, there was "not" an "app for that," and the timing has been a boon to Spogo as it tries to attract more players, more promotional partners, and build a business that will ultimate make money from welcomed, highly-targeted advertising.
"It's huge for us," said Spogo co-founder Andrew Vassallo. "We launched just eight weeks ago on the App Store, live, with the start of football season and also baseball playoffs, so for the Red Sox to make it to the World Series, it's great. Our fan base loves it," You can play the game anywhere but it’s focused on delivering free deals and perks through participating hospitality establishments and stores in Boston, Providence, and New York, Vassallo said.
Holzman said while it’s less impossible for Red Sox fans to afford to see the team in person this October, he is a little surprised. "You know what? We've kind of become a little numb to winning championships in Boston. We forget," Holzman said, "that this may never happen again."
With videographer John E. Stuart and video editor Daniel J. Ferrigan