Baseball Fans Flocking to Chicago-Cleveland Flights

Chicago Cubs fans are flocking to Cleveland by air, by rail and by bus.

Amtrak logoA study by Orbitz.com found that the number of airline passengers between Chicago and Cleveland this week is up by 50 percent.

The Cubs will open World Series play on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Games one and two in the series are in Cleveland on Tuesday and Wednesday with games three and four set for Friday and Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Orbitz said it has been tracking travel purchases between the two cities for several days and concluded that Chicago fans are taking to public transportation in larger number than Cleveland fans. Of course it may be that Cleveland fans are more likely to drive than fly to Chicago.

Airline passengers flying between the two cities should be prepared for sticker shock.

The average roundtrip air fare is $495 originating in Chicago and $478 roundtrip for flights originating in Northeast Ohio.

Game tickets are officially sold out so scalpers are commanding top dollar in resale market.

Tickets to the games at Wrigley Field may be among the most expensive in sports history, starting at about $2,400, according to ticket resale site SeatGeek. By contrast, tickets to the games in Cleveland on the resale market are starting at about $900.

The Indians last appeared in a World Series in 1997 and last won a Series in 1948. The Cubs last played in a World Series in 1945 and haven’t won the fall classic since 1908.

A check of the Amtrak website late Monday afternoon found that seats were still available on both the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited for travel from Chicago to Cleveland on Oct. 24 and 25. Coach fares started at $56 one way.

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