As soon as the postseason tickets went for sale online to the public Friday morning, at brewers.com/postseason, the good seats went fast.
Even this weekend’s regular season tickets are hot commodities.
Around lunch time, Brewers fans bought tickets at Miller Park for the final home games. Only standing room only or seats with an obstructed view are now available for the Friday and Saturday games.
“I knew buying this late it was going to be pretty slim pickings,” said one Brewers fan.
Other fans are turning to ticket vendors like Milwaukee’s Ticket King. The vendor says this week, its selling more of the final home game tickets than the playoff tickets. It’s definitely seeing more buyers than sellers when it comes to Brewers tickets.
“They’re stoked and they haven’t had that much opportunity to use their tickets for playoffs,” said James Bryce Jr., Ticket King co-owner.
But you will pay more for a ticket. For example, the face value for a terrace level seat is normally $12. Ticket King is selling that same seat for $35 to $40.
The BBB stresses the high demand makes the postseason ticket market a playground for scammers. The biggest piece of advice? Beware of bogus ticket websites.
“Do not pay in cash. Do not pay with a debit card. You don’t have the same protections as you do with a credit card if it’s a scam,” said Jim Temmer with the Better Business Bureau.
If you do buy from a ticket vendor online, the BBB said look for a green padlock on the left hand side of the address bar, or an “s” after “http.” That indicates the website is secure.
Temmer said buyers are rolling the dice by buying playoff tickets on Craigslist or Facebook’s buy/sell/trade groups.
“People want to go to the game. They want to go so bad, they’ll do almost anything to do it,” said Temmer.