We are midway through the college baseball season and now that March Madness has passed it is time to turn our attention to the College World Series (CWS). Akin to the Men’s Basketball Tournament the College World Series takes place every year and is comprised of 64 team all vying for a National Championship.
However while there are 64 teams in both the CWS and March Madness thats where most of the similarities end as in the College World Series teams are split up into 16 separate double elimination Regionals with four teams in each. The winners of each of these Regionals are then moved into eight Super Regionals where two teams will play a best-of-three series until a winner presents itself. These eight Super Regional Champions then will finally earn the chance to play in the College World and travel to Omaha, Nebraska (the traditional home to the CWS since 1950).
A season ago the UCLA Bruins won their first College World Series over the Mississippi State Bulldogs but will need to start playing better if they plan on getting a chance to defend their crown as they currently sit at a record of 19-14 and are in danger of a losing streak putting them out of the field of 64.
On Saturday the NCAA released a portion of College World Series tickets in an advance sale which saw some game sell out even though the teams in the field of 64 won’t be known until May 26th. As of Wednesday the allotment of advanced tickets for the first four games of the CWS as well as the first two game of the CWS World Series Championship sold out. As a result CWS tickets for Games 1-4 have significantly increased in price and are averaging $141 on the secondary market with Game 3 the high of the group at $163 on average. On the other hand the Championship round of the College World Series has seen CWS ticket prices climb to $278 and $263 for Games 1 and 2 respectively with Game 3 tickets going on sale the day of the game if necessary.