An influx of thousands of Mississippi State fans for the CWS championship series sent the street value of reserved seating tickets skyrocketing Tuesday.
Fans trying to get reserved seats before Game 2 of the UCLA-Mississippi State championship series were finding it hard to secure anything but general admission seats.
A ticket scalper who has selling tickets at the CWS since 1989 told The World-Herald that reserved seating tickets were hard to find.
“Early on, it was easy,” he said. “Now I haven’t come across too many.”
Lee Cunningham, a Bulldog fan from Atlanta, said a scalper on Tuesday offered to sell him a ticket for $100, but Cunningham had already purchased a $60 ticket last week online.
Jason Pepper, an MSU fan from Starkville, Miss., said a scalper attempted to sell him a reserved seat for $200. He decided to buy an $11 general admission ticket instead.
Cari Tokheim, owner of the Dugout on the corner of 13th and Cuming Streets, noticed scalpers charging high prices outside her store. She heard that one had charged as much as $600 for a ticket to a visiting fan.
“This is not what the CWS is about,” Tokheim said. “We want people to enjoy their stay in Omaha and not think we’re trying to rip them off.”
On Tuesday, the Dugout began advertising a ticket exchange for the championship series where tickets could be bought and sold legally at face value.