After a grueling 162-game season and multiple playoff rounds, the World Series is the culmination of a baseball season well played. While many regular season MLB games are tickets for as low as $5, the World Series is a different story.

With new fans merrily jumping on the bandwagon, plus die-hards willing to travel from just about anywhere to see their team potentially take home the title, ticket demand can drive average prices into the thousands. While you should still be prepared to drop some cash on World Series tickets, here are five tips to help you spend money the smart way (and maybe even save some).

1. Day of the Week Does Matter

Even the most loyal baseball fan has a day job, so logic indicates that games that fall during the work week would be cheaper. And so does the data: since 2010, Monday World Series games have been the least expensive by far, averaging just $584. This is well below the Saturday average ($842) and the Friday average ($965), so fans willing to spend some vacation time will save some dough.

2. Previous Results Also Matter

There may be nothing that impacts ticket prices more than the results of previous games in the World Series. Prices move up for teams that are on the verge of clinching at home, and prices move down for teams who fall behind and have no chance of clinching in front of their own fans. When shopping for World Series tickets before the series starts, one is almost betting on the success of their team. If they think there is a chance they can win at home, buying tickets earlier might make sense. However, if they think they may fall behind early in the series, there is a chance prices will fall.

3. Prices Tend to Fall for the Early Series Games

If you’re willing to risk sitting in a less-than-favorable section (and potentially not have enough seats for a large group to sit together), then buying last-minute tickets to Game 1 of the series is a great way to save money. Prices often drop in the days (and hours) leading up to the first game, with a 10-25 percent decrease around three days leading up to the big event.

4. Time For a Road Trip

With ticket prices much higher than at any point during the regular season, many buyers look at attending the World Series as a bit of a vacation. But smart shoppers may take a literal vacation when going to the games, and head to the opposing team’s ballpark. If the Cubs reach the World Series this year, tickets to see them at Wrigley Field will be far higher than tickets in Cleveland or Toronto. Cubs fans willing to take the reasonable trip to either of those cities will likely find hotel and tickets for much less money than they would in Chicago.

5. Look for the Best Value

When spending hundreds of dollars on tickets, fans want to make sure they’re getting their money’s worth. With this in mind, using a tool like Deal Score will allow buyers to shop for not only the cheapest ticket, but tickets that offer the best value. Often fans can spend just a hundred dollars more and go from the nosebleeds to the lower level seating, or even behind home plate!

 

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