If you wanted season tickets to watch the Dodgers for the 2014 season, hopefully you already pulled the trigger on your purchase. After an "unprecedented demand" the Dodgers shut down season-ticket sales, then re-released a limited supply at a marked-up price tag.
Bill Shaikin of the LA Times noted the 140-percent hike in prices after the Dodgers re-opened the sales, but where did this price-gouging come from?
It is very simple, actually. The Dodgers are the hottest ticket in Los Angeles right now, and the demand for tickets is greater than the supply.
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At the start of the off-season the team reported that 98 percent of season-ticket holders renewed their plan. Even more significant is that they set a franchise record for season-ticket sales in 2013 with 31,000 seats sold.
How far will the team go in 2014? According to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register, Magic Johnson said they could have sold-out nearly the entire stadium with season seats, but decided to save some for the rest of Dodger fans.
Magic Johnson said the Dodgers could have sold 50 thousand season tickets for 2014 but opted against it.
— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) February 5, 2014
If you went to buy tickets on Dodgers.com right now, the cheapest season seat would run you a cool $984, that is $12 a game. While the swankiest spots are all gone, the Field Box MVP experience could be all yours if you wanted to shell out $8,200 per seat.
Back in September, the Dodgers announced that 24,000 seats were available for $12 or less. Now only the six sections furthest from home plate are priced that low, and they were originally selling for just $5 per game.
If you do not have a couple grand to hand over for season passes, there are still single-game tickets available, but with such a limited number of spots left throughout the stadium those are going to cost a pretty penny as well.
That leaves Dodger fans with the burning question. Just how badly do you want to see the reigning NL West champions?