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Still want Brewers playoff tickets? Expect to pay; fans disappointed by website glitches

October 9, 2018

Tickets to the Milwaukee Brewers playoff series sold out in minutes Tuesday, leaving some fans frustrated and others facing steep prices on the resale market.

Even though he’s a Minnesota Twins fan, Nathan Timm was planning to drive down from Minneapolis to catch game one or two.

Timm said he was in the online “waiting room” at 9:45, watching the timer. He got in right at 10 a.m., but when he tried to buy a single ticket got a message saying tickets weren’t available in that quantity.

“It said right on the screen they were holding tickets for today,” Timm said.

Some fans took to Twitter to complain that they logged on to the Brewers website at 10 a.m. in hopes of scoring seats only to be met with error messages.

Others had similar experiences during Monday’s pre-sale for Wisconsin residents.

Appleton resident Jay Sauberton was hoping to surprise his wife with tickets to Saturday’s game but after clicking on pictures of stop signs, crosswalks and fire hydrants to prove he was human wasn’t able to actually buy any tickets Monday or Tuesday.

“Every time I got an error,” Sauberton said. “It’s very frustrating.”

Jared Batchelor of Milwaukee attended the first two games of the division series and was hoping to get championship series tickets for himself and three friends, but after four minutes in the online waiting room Monday morning, he got skunked.

“I had all these plans in place and it just crumbled,” he said.

He tried again Tuesday but the only thing available was a single obstructed-view seat.

“I understand demand was going to be a little higher,” he said. “It felt like instantly on Stubhub there were thousands and thousands of tickets. It felt like we got duped.”

Brewers spokesman Zach Weber didn’t respond to questions about how many tickets were available.

People willing to put down at least $305 toward season tickets for next year have “a very limited opportunity” to get playoff tickets, but Weber said he expected those tickets will be gone by mid week.

There are still tickets available through resale sites -- for a premium.

Friday night tickets on SeatGeek.com were going for $150 to $2,270

At Stubhub.com, standing room tickets to Friday’s game were starting at $161 with fees. For just a little more you can get an actual seat, but expect to be craning your neck, because the view is obstructed.

For those seeking a more intimate game experience, fifth-row seats behind home plate were available for $55,555.55, plus an $11,111.11 service fee.

Top deck seats for Monday’s game 3 in Dodger Stadium were still available for less than $100 Tuesday.

Kristin Chambers, vice president of Capitol Travel, said round-trip airfare and a night in a hotel would be less than $900, although that doesn’t include ground transportation to and from the stadium.

“It’s not ridiculous,” she said.

Sauberton and Batchelor said they will have to settle for watching the games on television. Timm is hoping he’ll get another shot at getting into Miller Park.

“If they get to the World Series, I’m going to try again,” he said.

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