Phillies fans debate catching game in Houston or Philly as ticket prices fluctuate
PHILADELPHIA CREAM – After the Phillies clinched a spot in the World Series on Sunday night, fans lined the streets in celebration, chanting “Danging on My Own” and climbing over greased streetlights. Now some Phanatics are scouring ticket sites, trying to decide if traveling to Houston is a better option than going to a championship game in Philadelphia.
For people arriving in Houston, arriving a few days early is not a bad idea as flights are much cheaper the days leading up to Friday’s series opener. And after taking a look at the ticket prices in Philadelphia, some fans are taking the next flight to Houston, while others say they couldn’t imagine being anywhere but Philadelphia.
On Monday, fans lined up in the pro shop, shelling out cash to stock up on World Series gear. Jackson Ward is a Phillie fan who says he wouldn’t withhold what he gave for a ticket to Citizens Bank Park.
“Anything. Anything and everything,” Ward said.
Tickets to fly out on Thursday or Friday and then fly home on Saturday or Sunday are around $300 or $400. Most tickets to Phillies games are about double the price of tickets to Houston.
“The fans have been a bit hungry for a playoff spot,” said Phans of Philly’s Joe Dibiaggio. “I think the market is a little hotter than in Houston because they recently made the playoffs.”
Matt Keenan, who played in all 86 Phillies home games, said despite his streak at Citizen’s Bank Park, he was headed for Houston.
“I have to work on Sundays, so getting there and back before Sunday is the main thing. The prices look ok there. I don’t think they’re as excited as we are. They’re only $500 for standing room. I’ll pay for it. I’ll give up my kidney to go over there,” Keenan said.
Phans of Philly is a travel provider for Philadelphia sports fans, and they say they offer tickets to both games in Houston and a place to stay, for around $1,800 per person.
“You’re within walking distance of the stadium, so you’re right in the heart of it all with all the World Series entertainment,” Dibiaggio said. “We’re including Game 1 tickets and Game 2 tickets seated with all the Phillies fans. We’re trying to create a family atmosphere.”
There are still flights available to Houston for the upcoming weekend and if Philadelphia International Airport isn’t an option, Newark Airport is a good alternative for Phillies fans.