ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The hottest commodity in St. Louis is a ticket to the deciding game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tickets were going fast, Tuesday, leaving those still in the market in need of lots of want-to, lots of cash, or lots of luck.
Mark Sitton of Sacramento, California had a little bit of all three. He’s been backpacking around North America and says he beat a path for St. Louis as soon as the Cardinals began the playoffs.
“I was in Toronto and knew I had to come, so I started trying to hitch hike here and made my way here. Missed the first two games, crossed my fingers for yesterday’s game and now I get to see game 5.”
That’s the “want-to.” Here’s where the luck comes in: he approached the ticket kiosks in front of Busch just as more tickets were released by the team. He got a set for himself, then more to sell to help finance his trip.
“Extremely lucky. I would sit out here or watch it from outside if I have to, but I knew I had to be in St. Louis. That I got tickets, that's pretty exciting,” he said.
As the day wore on, fewer tickets were popping up at the kiosks or online. That left fans looking to Stub Hub and other secondary sources.
Standing room tickets on Stub Hub were going for about $90. Seats began around $100 and ranged all the way up to $2100.
Cardinals ticket manager Joe Strohm watched the tickets begin to fly out the door from the moment the Cardinals took the lead in Pittsburgh, Monday.
“You really saw it, quite frankly, when Holliday hit the home run. You did see people starting to purchase at that particular point, then immediately when the last out was made it was very, very, very high traffic, and tickets were basically sold out within two hours after the game.”
Some fans were getting creative, submitting seven second long “Vine” videos to the Cardinals’ Twitter account. The best video would win tickets to the game.
“I think fans will go to any length to get tickets,” Cardinal Vice President Ron Watermon said, “particularly a game 5. We haven’t had a game 5 of a division series in St. Louis.