DES MOINES- Tickets for the World Series are soaring.
For the past forty years, Sharon Keeling and her brother David Souders have been waiting for the Chicago Cubs to make the World Series.
“We didn’t win a lot but still a lot of fun,” said Souders.
One of Keeling’s sons is named after Cubs player Ryne Sandburg. She also has a dog named Wrigley. She also is very superstitious when it comes to her W flag hanging the night of games.
"Unbelievable I’m going to be sixty this year, and I never thought. I’ve seen so many older people who’ve said it’ll never happened in my lifetime, I was sure I’d be one of those, it’s just so exciting,” said Keeling.
As the W flies high around Des Moines, ticket prices are also soaring.
"Some of the tickets were going for $15,000 online. I though, “well, won’t be buying one of those,”” said Souders.
Getting to Wrigley is the cheap part.
A round trip flight from Des Moines International to Chicago is around $840. If you take Megabus or Greyhound, the cost will be $78-$84 there and back. If you drive yourself, two tanks of gas should cover coming from Des Moines. At $2.20 an average in a car that gets 24 miles per gallon, you’ll spend about $26.40 per fill up.
Tickets to Wrigley on Stubhub:
Friday: $2,229- $40,000 each
Saturday: $2,500 (standing room) - $50,000
Sunday- $2,700 (standing room) - $75,000
Others are set on staying here and taking the games in at one of the many Cubs bars in the metro.
“I started this three years ago, 1908 and it keeps going,” said Collin Caffery, owner of 1908 Draught House. His three locations were all named after the last time Cubs won the world series, 108 years ago.
“The crowds have been great, singing, cheering, rooting for home runs, singing 7th inning stretch. It’s like being at a game. It’s awesome,” said Caffery.
The last time Cubs won the World Series, things such as credit cards, color TV, microwaves and even the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t invented or created yet.
Every fan is hoping this year could be the year for the Cubs and that they’ll be there to see it.
"Cubs fans are eternal optimists, wait till next year... well, it’s next year.”
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