A lot of questions regarding the purchase of NFR tickets have been going around! Here are the answers to our understanding!
If you purchase NFR tickets directly from PRCA (in this year’s case, MLB) you have ALWAYS had to buy either 4, 6, or 10 nights. The general public has never been able to purchase NFR tickets directly from PRCA for ONE night. This is not new.
If you have ever purchased tickets for one or two nights, it was from a third-party seller. Tickets go on sale to the general public FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. There are already tickets available on third-party selling websites and there will most likely be abundantly more available on those sites after Friday.
The tickets you are already seeing floating around for sale are from NFR Season Ticket Holders. Those people have had first chance at those tickets for DECADES and they too, have to purchase all 10 nights. If they don’t purchase all of them, they lose access. So what usually happens is that family buys everything they are required to in order to keep access to their tickets, they figure out what nights they will be using them, and then they sell the rest. (This actually is normally what takes up the majority of buying directly from PRCA.)
Purchasing 4 seats per night IS new this year due to COVID. I do not know if you will be able to purchase less than 4 seats per night through a third party seller. Find friends, take your parents, kids, whatever, if the 4-seat requirement persists.
There are also Facebook groups specifically for buying and selling tickets
To recap: you and your significant other make two friends. Look at the Facebook groups. Or look at third-party seller websites after Friday.
My two cents: compare NFR ticket prices to the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, World Series, etc. A Gold Buckle ticket is $250. You would be paying thousands of dollars for the equivalent in a different sports association. The same seat you will be sitting in for NFR will most likely be triple the price when Arlington hosts the World Series. Ticket money proceeds largely affect the purses cowboys are able to win, especially this year given that we are not in Vegas. I would much rather pay a few hundred dollars for a ticket at the NFR knowing that it goes to cowboys and cowgirls that DON’T have million dollar endorsement deals but DO stand for the flag rather than pay thousands to go to a Super Bowl where you definitely can’t say the same thing.
Disclaimer: I am not an official representative of PRCA or Globe Life Field but this is how it works to my understanding. A few trusted and knowledgable sources have seconded what I have said.
When buying from Facebook groups: USE PAYPAL to make sure you’re covered and make sure they TRANSFER the tickets through the MLB app. (Yes, you will need to set an account up. You give the person you are buying from the email address associated with your MLB account in order to do the transfer.) Don’t let them just send you screenshots of the tickets. Example: Joe Bob sells you and 50 other people the same set of tickets. He just makes sure to get to Globe Life super early so his tickets will for sure scan for him. By the time you and the 49 unfortunate people have made it to the arena, your tickets are no longer useable because they are just screenshots that have already been scanned.
Most people are not up-charging as much as you think they are for tickets. Face value of ONE lower balcony seat for ONE night is $75. If Jill is a NFR Season Ticket Holder and has 4 lower balcony seats per night for all 10 nights, that’s $300 per night and $3000 for all 10 nights. Add 18% for sales tax and $50 handling fees for EACH order and Jill ends up paying around $3600 for those tickets. $3600 divided by 10 nights and then divided by 4 seats per night is actually $90 per ticket for a ticket that was originally shown as $75 for face value. So, Jill has to sell them for $90 each just to break even. If I’m Jill, I’m going to sell them for at least $100 each in case I get stuck with random onesie and twosie tickets that were never bought. Not to mention, PayPal will collect a 3% fee as well. Keep in mind, Jill HAD to buy ALL the tickets offered to her and her family in order to retain access that she has had for years.