The City of Arlington is preparing for massive crowds as it gets set to host Games 1 and 2 of the 2023 World Series this weekend.
The event is expected to bring plenty of business to the area, and local officials are saying they are better able to handle the influx than they were the last time the team made it to the big show. The Arlington Police Department, for instance, has been keeping the series at the forefront of its deployment strategies for weeks.
“We’ve been planning, speculating potential game dates and outcomes just so we can have staff in place, traffic plans in place ahead of time,” Deputy Chief Brook Rollins told Fox 4 KDFW. “Obviously we haven’t hosted a World Series in quite some time, but we have our plans from the last time we hosted a World Series to look at and review. Look at what worked and what didn’t.”
Adding to the chaos in Arlington and across DFW this weekend is the fact that, for the first time in 13 years, the Rangers, Mavericks, Stars, and Cowboys are all playing on the same weekend. While the Mavericks and Stars are playing in Dallas proper, the Cowboys have a home game at noon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, the day after Game 2 of the World Series.
As the Rangers begin their first World Series in 12 years, fans will have to pay high prices to attend the games. Tickets went on sale Tuesday morning, ranging from $250 to $600 at the Rangers’ ticket office. They sold out by Wednesday evening. They are now selling on resale marketplaces for much more.
According to CBS News Texas, standing-room-only tickets for Game 1 were going for around $474, while tickets near the dugout were priced at over $9,000 on SeatGeek.
The overall average resale price for a ticket to this World Series is between $1,681 and $1,898 at Globe Life Field — up by more than $200 from last year’s ticket prices in Houston, per TicketSmarter.
Still, the average price did drop after Game 7 of the NLCS, which, TicketSmarter told The Dallas Express, can be attributed to the quick turnaround for Game 1.
The cheapest tickets for Game 1 through resale are $515, with the average price at $1,467, and more than 4,000 resale tickets remain, according to TicketSmarter. Prices are similar for Game 2 and Game 4 (in Arizona), but the “get-in” price is over $700 for Game 3, the first of the series in Arizona.
CBS is also running a live poll, and currently, the overwhelming majority of fans would pay between $100 and $599 for a ticket to the World Series.
Game 1 of the 2023 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks begins at 7:03 p.m. CT on Friday.