Cubs Ticket Prices Double, Excitement Builds As Team Nears NL Central Title

CHICAGO (CBS) — Ticket prices for Thursday’s Cubs game have doubled since Wednesday’s victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, just one indicator of the excitement for a possible Cubs clincher.

The party has officially started in Wrigleyville and excitement is building, CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos reports.

“And it takes a lot to make me feel like that at this in the game,” 79-year-old Cubs fan Bob Fattore says.

This lifelong Cubs fan has waited decades for his team to go to a World Series. It’s a wait that’s not suitable for the faint of heart.

“They got the talent to go all the way this year,” he said getting choked up. “We got the talent to go all the way.”

With hopes of a World Series run, excitement for the team translates to ticket sales first.

“I would say this is going to be right up there with the Michael Jordan days,” Steve Buzil of Sitclose Tickets says. “And that built a house so say no more.”

To catch the Cubs’ chance to clinch the the NL Central at Wrigley Field on Thursday, Buzil says it will cost you about $65 for standing room-only and up to $450.

But he says don’t buy now.

“I would wait for later in the end of the day because I think the market will come down but there is lot of demand and very little supply at this point,” he says.

If you’re betting on a trip to the World Series, brokers say you can claim your ticket for about $1,500 to $2,000. Some have already dished out the cash for 500-level seats.

Other Wrigleyville businesses are capitalizing, too. Bittersweet Pastry Shop is getting ready, hoping for a sweet win and a sweet tooth.

“We have just trays and trays full of blank cookies that are just waiting to be decorated for the cubs to win,” Esther Griego says.

Security preps are also underway. Chicago police will deploy special uniformed and plainclothes officers.

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