Three Ways to Get Cheap(er) Red Sox Tickets
“Like Heaven, Fenway Park is very difficult to get into. This is,
of course, as it should be.” – George V. Higgins, The
Ultimate Baseball Book
One thing that I discovered while researching
the Fenway Park E-Guide was that Red Sox tickets are tough to get. They
aren’t as tough as they used to be in the days before the Internet and StubHub,
but finding a decent seat at a livable price is still a challenge.
It helps to know all of your options for getting tickets (and there are many), because you’re much better off when you can compare prices, and some avenues are better than others for different types of tickets.
So here are some preferred methods of landing Red Sox tickets:
1) Game Day Tickets. Like most teams, the Red Sox will make a handful of tickets (and a handful is a lot of tickets) available on game day. These are usually tickets that the visiting team or someone else can’t use—a player may have actually brought along his wife and can’t sit her next to his Boston girlfriend, for example—and so a few hours before the game a line forms at Gate E of folks looking for any extras the Sox have lying around.
This option is pretty well-known among fans. I’ve talked to a few Sox fans about this; it’s generally best for one person going to the game, since you can only buy one per person and must immediately enter the ballpark after buying them.
You can’t hold places in line, although I’ve
read that for big games the Red Sox will hand out numbers deli style,
to prevent overworked bladders from exploding. The Sox allow the line to start
forming five hours before game time, but people do line up sooner than that.
I can’t guarantee that you’ll get into the park this way, but your chances are pretty good so long as you don’t arrive an hour before a Yankees game. The best part of all? You may just land a great seat at the face price—which is still high, but not as high as it would be on StubHub or from a scalper. And no online fees, which are a significant part of the cost of tickets.
2) Red Sox Replay. The Red Sox have
followed the Yankees’ lead in disowning StubHub and their markdowns and set up
their own ticket resale outlet called "Red Sox Replay", with floor prices on tickets…and like the
Yankees, the Red Sox sold it as “authentic” and “safe”, as if to imply that
StubHub and other outlets aren’t. StubHub is as safe as it’s always been.
However, unlike the Yankees, the Red Sox have
not yet disallowed printed tickets at Fenway, and they also don’t have near the
problem of insanely priced tickets being drastically undercut by third parties.
There are much fewer premium seats at Fenway and demand is still very high.
So Red Sox Replay is now a pretty viable option for finding the best deal on Red Sox tickets, especially since their fees are cheaper than StubHub and other outlets. I’m not saying that Replay offers a better deal every time…you should compare with SeatGeek…but it’s another choice among resale outlets.
3) Red Sox Nation. Very often the best deal on premium Red Sox tickets, say for Yankees games or Green Monster seats, will be at face value, but it’s not always easy to get online and wait for something to become available, and in good seasons especially your window of opportunity is small.
Red Sox Nation is a fan club that gives fans
chances to get the hard-to-get seats like Monster seats; but there are also
opportunities to get tickets that are only available to members. There are
several levels of membership, some of which cost a nice chunk of change, but
the cheaper ones still might offer you some decent weekend contests at face
Nation membership also includes discounts on
gear or restaurants nearby, so it should pay for itself fairly easily. The Red
Sox even offer a Kids’ membership that includes a free ticket (!) and they may have
a free ticket-included membership for adults by the time you read this.
If you plan on going to a few Red Sox games in a season, have a look at Nation membership. Could be well worth it for you.
There you go; three very viable options for
getting your hands on those elusive Red Sox tickets for as low as face price or
lower. But there are plenty of other options, so if you want to know them all,
invest in the extremely helpful Fenway Park E-Guide!
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