How did so many Cubs fans take over Progressive Field?

Tribe fans upset with number of Cubs fans

CLEVELAND - There were plenty of sources of frustration stemming from Wednesday night's World Series Game 7 in Cleveland.

The Indians had a 3-1 lead in the World Series and couldn't close it out, meaning the "Warriors blew A 3-1 lead" jokes that the internet has come to love no longer have the same snarky appeal. (To be fair, the circumstances between the Indians and Warriors were significantly different.)

Corey Kluber wasn't his Cy Young-esque self, though it seemed inevitable that his steam would soon run out given the amount of work he's put in on short rest. The rain moved in and forced a 17-minute delay, the beginning of the end for Cleveland.

But one of the most frustrating aspects from Game 7, at least for Cleveland fans, was the amount of Chicago Cubs fans who seemed to take over Progressive Field.

They were loud. They were cocky. They were everywhere. But they had every right to be.

The crowds of Cubs fans paid their way in to Cleveland and Progressive Field, but Cleveland fans are wondering, how did it happen?

It seems many Cleveland fans, such as season ticket holders, bought up the home game tickets and re-sold them for highly inflated prices on secondary sites like StubHub. As a result, Cubs fans bought the tickets up and filled up our stadium.

The result was embarrassing, as the crowd roar heard inside the stadium and on the broadcast seemed to favor the Cubs. Home field advantage became irrelevant. 

The crowd looked like this:

Tickets for this year's World Series sold for an all-time high. The average price for Game 7 was $2,700, according to TicketIQ, though Forbes reports it as $3,625.

CNN reports that TicketIQ said it sold more tickets to people from the Chicago area than the Cleveland area. 

Perhaps this is just a reflection of the economy. Perhaps Cleveland fans needed to pay off their mortgages more than they needed to see a baseball game. Or perhaps Chicago fans were just that desperate to witness a World Series win.


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