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If you're interested in seeing a World Series game, which is pricier, staying at home and seeing it in Philly or traveling to Tampa Bay? We've got the cost comparisons for Phillies fans who may be planning the ultimate road trip.

Let's face it, Tropicana Field can't hold a candle to Citizens Bank Park, but there is something to be said for cheering on the Phillies on the road. But just what would it cost for a quick little road trip to Tampa Bay to see the Phillies and would it be more cost effective to stay in Philly to catch a game?

Tickets for the World Series can be found. Actually, they're quite plentiful if you check around the web. Even though they're relatively easy to find, there aren't near enough to make it a buyer's market thanks to the laws of supply and demand.

If you're looking for tickets to Game 3 of the World Series, which will be played Saturday night in Philadelphia, open up the wallet and remove the credit card with the highest remaining balance. You can actually find Diamond Club seats on StubHub.com for $8,600.00 each! If you're willing - and able - to shell out the money for those tickets, God Bless You and have a good time.

For the rest of us, a nice seat behind the third base dugout will set up back about $2,000 each on StubHub, but the trick is that they're being sold via auction, so there's no telling how high the price may go. If that's still too much money to spend, how about tickets at the top of Citizens Bank Park, but just off center of home plate? Those are being auctioned off for about $900 each. And yes, there are standing room tickets going for about $350 each, but again, these are auction prices and there's a lot of time between now and Saturday for the price to climb.

If you can afford a road trip, let's pack our bags.

Round-trip airfare from Philly to Tampa, a hotel room and a rental car will sock you anywhere between $376 per person to $527 per person on Priceline.com, depending on where you want to stay. Of course, if you have William Shatner in your corner, you might be able to do a little better.

Now that you're in Tampa and you have a place to stay, what about game tickets?

Well, for those tickets behind the third base dugout, be prepared to shell out $2,500 each on StubHub. The good news though is that you can buy them instantly and don't have an auction to drive the price up. If you want the upper deck tickets just off center of home plate, you're looking at about $300 per ticket, but remember, that the Trop has a higher upper deck than the Bank. Again though, that's a firm price and you don't have to endure an auction.

So, what's the better value?

  Philadelphia Tampa Bay
3B Dugout tickets $4,000 current auction $5,000 firm
Upper Deck tickets $1,800 current auction $600 firm
Airfare, Grand Hyatt Hotel & Car Rental - $1,054
Airfare, Extended Stay America & Car Rental - $752
"First Class" tickets and accommodations $4,000 as of 10/20/08 $6,054 firm
"Average guy" tickets and accommodations $1,800 as of 10/20/08 $1,352 firm
Seeing the Phillies in the World Series: Priceless

If you want to be sure to see the Phillies clinch the series, then you'll need to be at either Game 4, 5, 6 or 7. Well, we've run some numbers for you!

  Philadelphia Tampa Bay
3B Dugout tickets Game 4 $2,668 current auction Game 6 $1,954 current auction
3B Dugout tickets Game 5 $2,396 current auction Game 7 $2,082 current auction

Game 7 $10,000 firm

Upper Deck tickets Game 4 $1,886 current auction Game 6 $674 current auction
Upper Deck tickets Game 5 $1,400 current auction Game 7 $676 current auction

Game 7 $10,000 firm

Airfare, Grand Hyatt Hotel & Car Rental - $788
Airfare, Extended Stay America & Car Rental - $479

The prices on airline tickets drop dramatically for games 6 and 7, but only if you purchase them now. They'll jump quickly as those games get closer and wipe out any savings that you are getting on your airfare, room and car by booking now.

And oh yeah, don't forget that you're going to need some vacation time from work if you travel and maybe a day or two to recover from the celebration.

Hope those credit limits have a lot of room.



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