Guide to Buying Cheap Baseball Tickets

Published: March 17, 2017 - 9:00am EDT

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Now that baseball season is starting up again, you probably need to know where you can get your hands on some cheap tickets for your favorite teams. In this article, we’ve got you covered with a complete guide on the best ways to buy baseball tickets, the best sites to get your cheap tickets, and tips for both buying tickets, and what to do after you’ve bought them. Read on to become a ticket-buying pro now!

The 5 best ways to buy baseball tickets

1. Online – from a well-known and reputable dealer.

This is probably the fastest, securest, and most convenient way to buy tickets today. Simply visit your favorite dealer (or check out our list of the best places to buy them online below), and search for the event you’re interested in. You can generally see a seat map and choose your seats that way, and filter with criteria such as price or special requirements.

Why it’s a good choice: Your tickets are guaranteed to work this way, and you can usually print them at home and take them with you.

2. Online – from the licensed baseball team’s website.

If you’re already browsing your favorite team’s website, you can probably get a link directly to a game that you’re looking for, without having to sort through all the filters on a ticket dealer website. Chances are, the team site will re-direct you to a licensed ticket dealer anyway, but it will take you right to the page of the game you are interested in. No hassle!

Why it’s a good choice: When the team site re-directs you, you know you are using a licensed dealer that won’t sell you fake tickets.

Click below to find tickets for some of your favourite MLB teams!
New York Yankees            Chicago Cubs                       Toronto Blue Jays               St. Louis Cardinals
Boston Red Sox                 L.A. Dodgers                         Kansas City Royals              Baltimore Orioles
New York Mets                  San Francisco Giants           Atlanta Braves                      Texas Rangers

3. In person – at the baseball venue.

You can still buy tickets at a venue up until the start time of the event, unless they are sold out. Simply walk up to the box office at your local stadium and inquire about the event you are interested in. Buying tickets in person is also sometimes a good way to get tickets to a popular game, where the online websites are overloaded with users, and you have to constantly refresh the page to try to get your hands on tickets that are selling out fast. Beat the crowd by making the effort to line up at the stadium!

Why it’s a good choice: You can see your valid tickets immediately, and not have to worry about them working when you’re trying to get into the game the day of.

4. Over the phone – from the venue.

Like buying tickets at the venue, if you have a credit card, you can do the same thing over the phone without having to leave your house. Simply call the box office at your intended venue and speak to a representative about what tickets are available. They can book the seats for you, and either mail you your tickets, or reserve them for you to pick up the day of the game, right as you walk in.

Why it’s a good choice: You can speak directly to a customer service representative, who can verify your selections, and the validity of your purchase.

5. Online (re-sale) – using a classifieds website, from a person who has tickets but can no longer attend the event.

Oftentimes on particular websites, especially classifieds, you can find users attempting to sell tickets to an event, typically because they bought them but can no longer attend the game. If you’re searching for a way to get the tickets cheaper than their value, this is typically the way to go. Simply search for your team in the classifieds website and see what is available to you.

We wouldn’t recommend this as a method of choice, because no matter how diligent you are, there is no way to verify they aren’t fake until you walk up to the gate the day of the game. Unless you are completely desperate and willing to take the risk, try any of the other methods listed above first. It’s also difficult to find tickets to a specific event, or obtain the exact seating you want, so often you’re in a “take-what-you-can-get” situation, and not getting the exact seats you want, or the game you really wanted to see.

Why it’s a good choice: This is often the only way to get tickets to sold-out events, or last-minute entrance to a game.

With that method in mind, make sure to read our tips below so you can do your best not to purchase fake tickets online, while also saving yourself some money and hassle while trying to purchase your baseball tickets.

Tips for buying tickets online

1. Verify the tickets before you make the purchase.

If you can, try to view a visual of the tickets, or find confirmation numbers before you submit your final payment. You can compare these images or numbers to images you find online of tickets from the same dealer. By comparing how they look to other tickets, you may be able to tell if what you are buying is a fake – before you have sent any money to the retailer or seller.

2. Buy tickets early or last-minute to avoid over-paying.

Trying to buy your tickets as soon as they are available for sale gives you a lot more control over what you get, and how much you are paying. Sometimes tickets go really fast, especially with online ticket-selling systems, which can sell entire blocks of seats out in a matter of seconds.

You can also consider waiting until a couple of hours before the game starts to try to buy your tickets online from someone (and check out all the classifieds sites for last-minute postings). If for some reason, someone has discovered they cannot attend the game anymore, they may post online to try to unload the tickets, and because there’s such a limited time to make the sale – they may offer you a really great deal, or even accept a low offer from you!

3. Try not to buy re-sold tickets, and when you do, make sure they aren’t fake tickets.

In general, you should try to avoid buying a re-sold ticket from someone online, because as we mentioned, you can never verify their authenticity. Like with tip #1, do everything you can to try to verify the tickets before you send the money. Ask the user to send you pictures of the tickets (front and back), and give you the numbers listed. A quick Internet search should help you determine if the tickets are obviously fake or if they are real.

4. Check the prices on multiple sites, and don’t fall for ticket timers that pressure you.

If you want to save some money (and you’re not desperate to see the game you’re trying to get tickets for), take your time! Most ticket dealers put as little as a 2-minute timer on your page when you select tickets, and warn you that you can lose the seats if you don’t confirm your payment. Though this is true, and an issue if it’s a big game, it’s most likely that those tickets will still be there two minutes later, and if they aren’t, tickets very similar (both in location and price) will still be available.

Ticket purchase timer

Before selecting your seats, take a look at the big map shown and check out the seat availability. If there are still hundreds of seats in your desired section or that meet your price range, don’t worry about the timer. You should even take some time to check out the prices on other websites and see what’s available. That way you can compare, and get the lowest price for the seats you want.

Select tickets with a seat map

5. Verify the “delivery method.”

Before finalizing your payment, be sure to verify the delivery method for your tickets. Though this may seem irrelevant when buying online, some websites will mail you tickets, and some will give you the option to print them at home. If you don’t have any way of printing your tickets, you may want to get them mailed. And if you choose to have them printed, you need to remember to print them off before you head out to the stadium on game day. Make sure you have selected the right “delivery method” for your tickets before you complete your purchase.

Best websites to buy baseball tickets online

1. SeatGeek

SeatGeek is a unique kind of ticket vendor, because it compiles lists of tickets and prices available for certain events, from other websites. It also shows you the lowest price available, so if you are focussing on getting a great deal, SeatGeek should be your first stop. You can also see the SeatGeek “DealScore” rating, which assigns each ticket a value based on its price, popularity, and seat quality. If you’re in a jam, you can also set yourself up as a seller on SeatGeek, and sell tickets to an event you can no longer attend. Check out the free app for Android or iOS.

SeatGeek button

 

2. Ticketmaster

If you’re looking for the best place to buy baseball tickets online, Ticketmaster is one of the most popular online ticket retailers, as it has been around for quite a long time. Simply visit the website and start searching for your event. On Ticketmaster, you’re likely to find tickets to all the big sporting games, and many official MLB team websites use Ticketmaster as their ticket retailer; so even if you’re searching from your team’s website, you’re likely being re-directed to Ticketmaster.com.

Ticketmaster button

 

3. StubHub

StubHub is one of the most convenient websites to use for buying tickets online. StubHub can use your location to show you great events around you, or you can search for artists, venues, by type of event, by date, and more! StubHub also has a rewards program, so if you use it frequently, you can earn points towards your future purchases, and save some money! If you’re interested, simply visit StubHub.com, or you can download the free app for your iOS device or Android device.

Check out our free StubHub course if you want to learn how to buy and sell tickets.

StubHub button

 

4. Ticket Liquidator

Ticket Liquidator provides its ticket sellers and ticket buyers with the necessary tools to connect with one another in order to negotiate sales for tickets, and is a great place to buy cheap baseball tickets. Because connections are made between two people, you can often get a great deal on your tickets, and have the option of lower prices than you’ll see on most other websites. Ticket Liquidator also offers a 200% refund If your tickets aren’t on time, valid, and authentic.

TicketLiquidator button

 

5. eBay

You may be familiar with eBay.com, one of the largest ecommerce websites in the world. On eBay, users register to sell their own products to buyers, and ticket sales is a part of that process. If you’re looking for someone unloading tickets before a game, you may be able to find them on eBay. Simply visit the website, iOS app, or Android app, and start searching for your must-see game today.

eBay button

 

6. Razorgator

Razorgator is a similar website to StubHub with regard to its user interface, but it also guarantees that your tickets are valid and will get you into the event, and will be the same, or better, than what you purchased, or you will get your money back. If you want to get your baseball tickets, check out MLB tickets on Razorgator.

Razorgator button

 

7. Craigslist

Craiglist is one of, if not the most popular online classifieds websites in the world. If you’re looking for sold-out tickets, or you want to try to get cheap tickets last-minute from someone who can’t attend the game, Craigslist is the place for you. Be warned though: there is absolutely no way to verify your tickets, and of all the websites we’ve highlighted in this list, a Craigslist ticket seller is the least reliable.

Craigslist button

 

Tips after buying baseball tickets

1. Verify the authenticity of your tickets before you attend the event.

After you’ve purchased your tickets and have received a physical or digital copy, be sure to actually look at the ticket. Check the barcodes, dates, images, logos, and everything you can find, and then look at images of other tickets from the same dealer to compare them. If you notice anything questionable, it may be easier to get a refund from a seller the earlier you ask before the game.

2. Show up to the game early to leave lots of time for last-minute problem solving.

If you did happen to get invalid tickets, the more time you give yourself before the game, the higher the chance is of you finding a way to still get into the game. You can try to get a refund from your ticket retailer, and you can try to purchase tickets at the venue, over the phone, or from another website. Give yourself plenty of time to try this out, so you still have time to compare prices and don’t have to over-pay just to still get into the game.

3. How and when you can get a refund if you can no longer attend the event, or your tickets don’t work.

If you bought from the team’s website

Chances are, the team website re-directed you to an authorized ticket dealer, so check your ticket to see which distributor you purchased from, and then visit that website. Then, follow the steps applicable to that specific website.

If you bought from an online ticket dealer

Visit the website and try finding a menu item regarding refunds or the refund policy, or find a search bar on the site, and search “refund.” If the website made you create an account to buy your tickets (which it likely did), you may need to sign into your account, and then access your profile or account settings menu. In general, that’s where you will be able to apply for a refund.

You can also always find the “Contact Us” menu function on the website, and explain why you feel you are entitled to a refund. In the least, they will put you in touch with a customer service representative who can help you.

If you bought them in person

Return to venue prior to game to get a refund (when applicable). Make sure to read the bottom of your tickets to see if phrase “ticket is non-refundable” is there, which it often is. If you see this, you probably can’t get a refund, but it never hurts to show up to the venue and try, or call the box office, explain your situation, and see if you can get a refund.

If you bought from a classifieds website

If you used a classifieds website to buy tickets, you will want to contact the seller directly, and this should always be your first step. If you want a refund because you can’t attend, and the seller has enough time to still sell the tickets before the game, they may consider giving you a refund. If you want a refund because the tickets were fake, you’re unlikely to receive one because the seller likely knew they were fake.

If that happens, and they won’t honor a refund for you, the next step would be to report the seller on the classifieds website, and contact customer service for the overall website. The seller will probably be removed from the website, and the website may refund your money if you escalate the issue in this manner.

If you bought them somewhere else

Unfortunately, if you found another method of buying your tickets, you probably won’t be able to get a refund. In general, most tickets aren’t typically available for re-sale, so if you bought them using other means, they probably weren’t sold to you legitimately. In that case, a seller is not responsible to refund you because the tickets you purchased weren’t sold legitimately. However, you can still try to contact the seller directly, and simply ask for a refund.

4. How to determine if you got a good deal (for next time).

Once you’ve attended the game, be sure to think about your method for buying tickets, and whether you got a good deal or not. Even if you bought tickets last-minute, be sure to compare the going rates on all the sites we mentioned above, and check out some classifieds websites, and the official team site.

If you have time at the game, head to the box office and see what the tickets were going for while they were still available. Just because you were able to get tickets to the game you wanted, you may not have gotten the best price, so next time, be sure to compare prices on many sites, when you have more time to track the prices over time.

 

That’s all the resources we can give you on how to get your baseball tickets. We hope you enjoy the season, and get the chance to see your team in action!

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