The Tickets Won't Cost Peanuts

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Cubs have designated the batter's eye skybox at Wrigley Field as a peanut-free zone and have reserved the area for fans with allergies.

It's a nice gesture by the Cubs, but it isn't like they are giving those expensive skybox tickets away. And I suspect that the demand for premium seats for the Cubs' final two homestands is less than robust.

But thanks to season ticket sales and the usual high demand for single-game ticket sales in February, the Cubs won't be the ones taking it in the shorts because of poor attendence during their final 15 home games. That revenue from those sold tickets was deposited in the bank long ago.

For some games, expect about only half of the announced crowd to be in attendance.

The people feeling the pain will be the season ticket holders and speculators stuck with tickets and that will be the reason for the large percentage of no-shows. Demand will be as low as in September 2006 when I literally could not give away box seat tickets to a Cubs Friday afternoon game on a warm, sunny day.

Investing in Cubs tickets presents the same risks as putting money into the stock market, but any investor in Cubs tickets ought to know better. The team's track record screams buyer beware.

Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 by Chris Rewers

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