The MLB is only in it’s second year of the new Wild Card Playoff format. A one-game playoff between to two teams with the best record NOT to win their division in both the American League and National League. The winner of these games is given the right to play the top seed in a best-of-five matchup in the divisional series (which was the previous Wild Card format where only one team from each division won). This year the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds were the two teams to capture Wild Card births, with Pittsburgh earning home field advantage due to it’s better record.
This is the first time the Pirates have reached the playoffs is 21 years, and given the new system, it could only last one game. Fans are clamoring for a chance to see this one game playoff, and root for the hometown team to extend their season to another series, thus making it the hottest ticket in town.
According to tiqIQ.com the average price for the game is currently $271.
SeatGeek.com currently shows the cheapest tickets being sold at $137 for standing-room-only, and the priciest tickets the seller is asking for $6,000 behind the home dugout.
Despite the fact that the MLB is only in the second year of it’s new Wild Card system, these games are already proving to be a cash cow on the secondary market.
Fun Fact: Since the introduction of the Wild Card system in 1995 and expansion in 2012, ten teams have reached the World Series.