Aftermarket prices rise for tickets to Game 5 of Tampa Bay Rays-Texas Rangers series

No $5 tickets for this one.

The lowest prices for today's final game of the American League division series between the Rays and Rangers at Tropicana Field started at $30 on Monday afternoon.

And some of the tickets at those prices came with a downside: possible obstructed views at the stadium.

One challenge that kept fans away from Games 1 and 2 at the Trop are no longer in play.

The starting time is 8:07 p.m. instead of the afternoon, so fans aren't stuck with tickets they can't unload because they can't get away from their jobs.

The Rays announced the availability Monday of 5,000 tickets at $30 each after removing the tarp from seats they previously did not make available, including some with obstructed views of the field.

As of 11:30 p.m. Monday, the Rays said very few tickets remained for the game.

StubHub.com had no tickets less than $38 on Monday morning. By just after noon, the prices had jumped by almost $10.

"Demand jumped up … for Game 5 as soon as the Rays won (Game 4 on Sunday), and sales activity continues at a strong pace," Joellen Ferrer of StubHub said. "Ticket prices are higher than that from Games 1 and 2, given the heightened demand and (night) start time. However, there are still plenty of tickets available with a wide range of vantage points — over 2,000 tickets, starting in the mid-$40 range."

Tickets will be available on StubHub up until two hours before the first pitch.

Ferrer said many fans were buying tickets for a potential Rays and Yankees matchup in the American League Championship Series.

A win for the Rays tonight would mean the first two games of the seven-game series would be at Tropicana Field on Friday and Saturday, with times to be determined.

During Games 1 and 2 of the division series, it seemed every part of the ticket chain was losing — the Rays, the street brokers and fans with extra tickets they couldn't unload. Brokers and fans practically gave tickets away. It meant little worry about fake tickets, because would-be scammers didn't bother risking jail for such little profit.

"The price of the tickets wasn't particularly high," said Mike Puetz, a spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department. "I don't think we came across any counterfeit tickets at all."

But for Game 5 there's a higher level of concern because of the expected increase in demand.

"We do have an enforcement effort going on out there to check to make sure the tickets being sold on the street are legitimate," Puetz said. "But it's kind of like counterfeit money. It's illegal to possess it, but you don't know it's counterfeit until someone tries to use it."

Consumers should take caution about whom they buy from. If you don't know the person, it helps to get proof of the person's name and a telephone number to call if a ticket turns out to be fake.

Aftermarket prices rise for tickets to Game 5 of Tampa Bay Rays-Texas Rangers series 10/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:07am]

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