Cheap Red Sox Tickets Tips (OK, Cheap-er)
Posted by Kurt Smith
Cheap Red Sox tickets? Really? Well, no. But you can save some money.
“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. And cheap Red Sox tickets are even tougher. It’s easier than it 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.
So here are some preferred methods of landing cheap Red Sox tickets (I know, cheaper):
Cheap Red Sox Tickets, Tip #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.
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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 can be significant. Face value with no fees = relatively cheap Red Sox tickets.
Cheap Red Sox Tickets, Tip #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.
Cheap Red Sox Tickets, Tip #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 value prices.
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 and want something resembling cheap Red Sox tickets, have a look at Nation membership. Could be well worth it for you.
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