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Why we recommend buying MLB tickets on SeatGeek

SeatGeek is the official ticket marketplace of Major League Baseball. It is officially supported by the MLB Ballpark app and works seamlessly with your existing MLB account. SeatGeek is used by season ticket holders, which makes it the best way to access a large inventory of tickets and sometimes even find a great deal. Just a heads up – we receive a commission, at no cost to you, when you use our links and purchase tickets through SeatGeek, and you can learn about how that works in our disclosure.

Season Ticket Holders List on SeatGeek

A full MLB season ticket holder gets access to 81 home games. For many fans, that’s too many games to personally attend. Whether it’s a work trip, a kid’s little league game, or the flu, sometimes life gets in the way of baseball. Rather than let the tickets go to waste, season ticket holders list their seats on SeatGeek to recoup some of their money and give someone else access to their seats. In many cases, they’re willing to accept less than what they paid because the alternative is getting nothing and having the ticket go to waste.

Access to Tickets Not Available via the Box Office

MLB teams reward season ticket holders with the best seats in the house. If you want to sit directly behind home plate or behind the home dugout, you probably can’t walk up to the stadium Box Office and buy those seats. When you buy single-game tickets directly from the team, you only have access to seats that aren’t already sold or assigned to season ticket holders. On SeatGeek, you can often access a larger ticket inventory.

Here’s an example for an Atlanta Braves home game at Truist Park. Ticketmaster operates the Box Office for the Braves, and as you can see the best seats are already sold out, as are nearly all the seats on the shade side (1st base side) of the ballpark. If you buy direct from the Box Office you would be stuck in the nosebleeds on the sunny side of the park. SeatGeek, on the other hand, has much more inventory including premium seats and shaded seats.

Ticketmaster vs. SeatGeek ticket availability
Comparison of ticket availability for the Braves vs. Rangers game on April 19, 2024.

Deals for Lower Demand Games

The truth is, some games are simply in lower demand than others. The example above is for a weekend game against the defending World Series champion. However, weekday games tend to be in lower demand than weekend games. Games against opposing teams with smaller fan bases, like the Marlins, are in lower demand than games against teams with large fan bases, like the Cubs. And of course, the strength of the opponent matters too. Lots of people want to see a team loaded with superstars but are less interested in a team in its rebuilding phase. For all these reasons, you can often find great deals on SeatGeek for games in lower demand.

Is SeatGeek Legit?

There’s no stronger endorsement than the fact that SeatGeek became the official ticket marketplace of MLB in 2023. SeatGeek isn’t just an MLB ticket vendor. They sell tickets to all major sports and concerts. They’ve been around since 2009. This isn’t a fly-by-night operation.

If you’re still on edge you can click or tap here to read SeatGeek’s buyer guarantee. Put simply, if you have issues with your ticket, they will offer comparable or better tickets to the event or a full refund. We have personally purchased many MLB tickets on SeatGeek and never had to fall back on the guarantee.

Does SeatGeek Charge Fees?

Yes. Of course, they do! Every ticket platform on the internet charges fees – that’s how they stay in business. Yes, some ticket platforms advertise on social media that they don’t charge fees; but look into it. All they’re doing is rolling the fees into the advertised price, so what you pay in the end is basically the same (or more!).

What’s great about SeatGeek is the “all-in” price transparency. SeatGeek gives you the ability to toggle on “Price including fees” and see the final price of tickets side-by-side. That’s awesome because if you find an awesome shaded seat for $50, when you get to the checkout it actually costs $50.

In our opinion, there is nothing more infuriating than ticket platforms that hide the fees until the very last step of the checkout or don’t give the ability to toggle on all-in prices. They hope that once you’ve committed to typing in your contact info and billing info that you’re not going to back out once you see the final price. We don’t like that practice and can’t recommend platforms that behave this way.