To say the city of Chicago is excited for the World Series just might be the understatement of this still very young century. The Cubs haven’t even reached a World Series since 1945 let alone win one. That means that there are 70 year old’s out there whose life experiences have not included a World Series featuring the Cubs. This lifetime’s worth of disappointment has whipped Cubs fans into a frenzy. Ticket prices for games 3-5 are skyrocketing at an astounding rate. According to a recent report in the Chicago Tribune tickets to the World Series Games in Chicago are more expensive than Super Bowl tickets. That got me thinking, Cubs fans may be facing a very real choice. Go to 1 World Series game OR buy a car.
This all sounds a bit absurd and in may ways it is. The CHEAPEST ticket on sale at the moment is $3,500. For that amount of money you could get all manners of used Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans, etc. many having less than 75,000 miles. In today’s cars that is nothing. All of those cars if well looked after could last another 100k with ease. If those are a bit common for your tastes you could get yourself a higher milage (120k+) Acura, Audi, Infinity, BMW etc. Hell you could even get your hands on a 2001 Lexus IS300. If those cars feel a bit boring worry not, V8 Mustangs and Camaros are in abundant supply. If you scoffed at that last line there are Nissan 350Zs out there for under $4,000. I even managed to find an E36 BMW M3 for under $4k. Point is for the “cheap” way into Wrigley you could get yourself a nice vehicle.
The average price of admission into Wrigley is $6,000. Naturally this affords you a nicer vehicle. C5 Corvettes are now within reach. If you require a vehicle that drinks oil and features a piston-less design this RX8 is on offer for $6,000. If hot hatchery is your game there are plenty of Golf GTIs available. You can get this VR6 Powered MkIV. You can also get Top Gear’s 2008 car of the year in the form of this MkV. The mkV remember was Top Gear’s Car of the Year. Now it can be had for If you are prepared to travel and aren’t afraid to spend some time looking you can get a whole lot of car for $6,000. I don’t know about you but I think I’d rather have a GTI than sit in a cold windy stadium where my favorite team might lose.
Now on to the other side of the spectrum. Here we are talking the completely ridiculous in ticket prices. The most expensive confirmed ticket is selling for $47,000. I love baseball, I really do. But I don’t care how long it’s been since my teams last title (1986) I am not spending that kind of cash on 1 Baseball game. Not when $47,000 buys you a nice new car from any of the big luxury marques. I’m sure with a bit of haggling this Nissan GTR could be had for $47k. I’m not even an enormous fan of the R35 (yes it goes like hell and is a technical marvel and is stupid fast. I’m just not a fan) yet give me the choice I’m buying that everyday and twice on Sunday. Orrrr, better still, $47k will easily buy you a brand new, totally awesome Ford Focus RS. Think about that for a second. For the price of one ticket (just one, no room for friends or your girl or even your family. Just you) You could have drift mode in your life.
I know its been a while Chicago but you need to have a city-wide reality check. If it were me, I’d buy the car and then go down to the bar and watch the game with my buddies.