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So you want to go to the World Series? Brace yourself

The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers advance to the World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers advance to the World Series.
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For the first time in 29 years, the Dodgers are going to the World Series. But fans dying to see a home game will have to pay more than $1,000 for the cheapest seats at Dodger Stadium.  

The Dodgers gave fans reason for hope back in August, when the team announced that World Series tickets would range from $166 to $531, according to the Los Angeles Times. Not cheap, but maybe within reach for diehard fans. 

Anyone expecting those prices would have been shocked at the prices as of Friday. Tickets for Tuesday's and Wednesday's games sold out quickly, so fans had to go to re-sale sites. On StubHub, even the bleacher and upper deck nosebleed seats were selling for more than $1,000. That doesn't include fees, which can raise the cost of a ticket by as much as 20 percent.

But that's a bargain compared with the prices for better seats, which range all the way up to $30,000 for prime spots behind the dugout. 

According to data provided by StubHub, the average ticket for Game 1 costs $1,127. Sales were up 76 percent compared with the first game of last year's Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs.

As of Friday afternoon, StubHub said there were still 10,518 tickets available for Game 1, and 12,729 for Game 2. 

There is a way to get a ticket to a World Series game that will only cost $530. But for that price, an L.A. fan would have to fly to Houston to see Game 3 in person.