(KTVI)-It’s official. The Cardinals will be headed to Boston to take on the Red Sox in the World Series. For a hardcore fan, it might seem like a dream vacation to take: Fly to Boston and watch the Redbirds play on the biggest stage in baseball’s oldest venue, Fenway Park. But such a trip will come at a high cost.
Online travels websites show no deals when it comes to flying to New England. The least expensive round trip flight we could find was $623, leaving Wednesday morning (the day of game 1) and returning Friday. (The morning after game 2) We checked flights into nearby Providence, RI and Manchester, NH, but they were no cheaper.
Flights are pricier than you might expect because it’s too late to buy with a week’s notice, and you wouldn’t be staying over a Saturday night.
Once you reach Boston, it doesn’t get much easier. Hotels.com says there are no rooms available in any of the areas around Fenway Park. With the center city booked, it appears the only option is to stay in Boston’s suburbs.
The good news there is you can get a room in a 3 star level hotel for about $175 per night. After taxes, a two night stay will run about $400. The bad news is you’re about half an hour out of the city in many cases.
Tickets to the game will be the priciest challenge of all. Fenway Park is one of the four smallest stadiums in baseball. It holds about 37,000 fans, about 8000 fewer than Busch Stadium. This in a baseball crazy metro area with close to 2 million more people than St. Louis.
According to StubHub.com, which has a secondary market deal with Major League Baseball, the least expensive standing room tickets are $455 each. For fans who actually want a seat, the least expensive option is more than $550. Those are seats in the outfield grandstand or the center field bleachers. Fans hoping to sit somewhere in the vicinity of the infield (grandstand seats but toward the back of the stadium) will be spending more than $700.
For those who really want to splurge, box seats just three rows behind the Cardinals dugout are available for $4,800 each.
Adding things up, it appears the cheapest, bare bones trip from St. Louis will run about $3,400, but that’s before you’ve eaten a meal or taken a cab into town. $4,000 seems like a more realistic budget, even for the frugal traveler, assuming you actually want a seat and not standing room after making such a long trip.
There are travel packages being advertised online as well, but you will want to be certain you trust who you are dealing with before handing out your credit card number.