The World Series may be tied at one game a piece, but so far, Chicago Cubs fans have edged out Cleveland Indians fans in leveraging human kindness to fund a trip to the historic baseball series, according to GoFundMe.
Through Friday, over 100 GoFundMe campaigns had raised over $100,000 to purchase World Series tickets.
The merit of each campaign, on a site that seeks crowd-funded altruism to pay for anything from pet rescue to cancer treatment to funeral bills to class field trips, is up to the donors to decide. But the most popular campaigns in this baseball-focused ticket-drive involve young kids or the prospect of returning long-suffering elderly fans to see their beloved Cubs, who have not appeared in the World Series since 1945 and last won it in 1908, or their cherished Indians, who last claimed the championship in 1948.
Big draws included this World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor. The campaign to send him to Wrigley Field earned almost $13,000. In fact, its publicity elicited an outright gift of two World Series tickets that then prompted the family to donate the raised money to the Purple Heart Foundation.
— Helen Schlegel (@BoogBoog88) October 28, 2016
“Ticket prices have skyrocketed, but that’s not stopping diehard Cubs and Indians fans from doing everything they can to catch a game at Wrigley or Progressive Field,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. “Tens of thousands of people have shared these campaigns, thousands of folks have donated, and because of the generosity of the GoFundMe community, fans are able to purchase tickets to watch their team compete in the World Series.”
— Jarid Watson (@JaridWatson) October 25, 2016
Ticket prices on the secondary market have fluctuated but remain in record-setting territory. One brokerage, TicketIQ, noted a 20% drop from a few days ago in the price of Game 5 tickets, set for Wrigley Field on Sunday night. Still, at an average asking price on the site at just over $6,500 and an average sale price of just over $4,000 for certain sections, the average ticket remains one of the most expensive for a North American sporting event ever, according to this site’s data.
“Chicago is now top for both NHL and MLB,” said Jesse Lawrence, TicketIQ founder. “The good news is that $2,200 now gets you an actual seat, not just SRO.”