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About American League Wild Card Series Tickets
Without a doubt, the American League Wild Card Series is one of the most exciting events of the baseball season. What used to be a single opportunity game to advance, the AL Wild Card is now a best-of-three series.
The first AL Wild Card One-Game Playoff was contested in 2012. In that season, the American League Playoff field was expanded from four teams to five, creating the need for a play-in game before the divisional round of the playoffs could begin. In that first year, the Baltimore Orioles went on the road and defeated the Texas Rangers 5-1.
In 2014, a thrilling AL Wild Card Game was played between the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. Oakland led 7-3 entering the bottom of the 8th inning in Kansas City. Incredibly, the Royals scored three in the eighth to draw within a run, and scored again in the ninth to tie it. In the 12th, Oakland took the lead with a run of their own, only to see it wiped away with two Kansas City runs in the bottom of the inning to seal the deal. Oakland was eliminated in shocking fashion, and Kansas City would wind up in the World Series, where they would lose to the San Francisco Giants in seven games.
Since its inception, the Wild Card Game (in both the American and National Leagues) has been a huge success. The drama of these games is undeniable, and it makes for a great fan experience in the ballpark.
Frequently asked Questions about the American League Wild Card Series
How many teams play in the AL Wild Card Series?
Instead of a one-game opportunity in postseason, the Wild Card Series is now a best-of-three. The bracket-style postseason involves 12 teams. Each league is seeded as follows:
No. 1 seed: Best league record
No. 2 seed: Second-best division winner
No. 3 seed: Third-best division winner
No. 4 seed: Best record among Wild Card teams
No. 5 seed: Second-best record among Wild Card teams
No. 6 seed: Third-best record among Wild Card teams
The winners of the Wild Card Series will advance to the Division Series, and the losers are eliminated from the postseason.
Where is the AL Wild Card Series played?
Each Wild Card Series game will be played in the home park of the team with the higher seed. The games will be scheduled to take place in a three-day window so that the division winners with byes are not forced to wait around.
How much to AL Wild Card Series tickets cost?
AL Wild Card Series ticket prices can vary based on a number of factors. The market that is hosting the game will play a big role, as does the individual seating section within the stadium. As a general guideline, the average resale ticket price for the AL Wild Card Series is around $140.00.