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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis is getting ready to be party central for Major League Baseball once the World Series games shift to Busch Stadium this weekend.

Celebrities will be in town but they aren’t the only ones who will be eating and drinking.

“There’s a lot of Major League Baseball sponsors that will be coming in to take part in the big game and they’re all on expense accounts,” Brian Hall, Chief Marketing Officer for the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, explains, “and they’re all looking for entertainment opportunities while they’re here in St. Louis so they’re going to be spending lots of money in our restaurants and entertainment facilities.”

The CVC and St. Louis Chamber estimate each game will bring in about $7.9 million for the region. Hall expects restaurants to benefit greatly as those celebrities and corporate executives host private parties.

“A lot of the restaurants are going to do very well just from a private dining standpoint,” he said.

Of course, most of those high-end clients won’t be taking a road trip. Keith Harbison, a partner with Lambert Airport-based Jet Linx, says his company has seen a lot of interest in their private jet service.

“Some people are going up to Boston and a lot of people coming from Boston and some other small cities around the Midwest,” he said.

Harbison says not all of Jet Linx’s clients are super wealthy CEOs. He says more families are becoming clients to take advantage of direct flights and more time together.

While the wealthy may not struggle to find a ticket price to fit their budget, others will. Prices are up 22 percent from last year’s World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers.

“We’re seeing the highest average price for a World Series ticket this year, for Red Sox-Cardinals, compared to the last five years,” Connor Gregoire with ticket tracking website SeatGeek.com says.

Gregoire says tickets in St. Louis are averaging about $750. In Boston fans are paying, on average, about $900 per ticket. Those looking for the best seats in Busch Stadium or Fenway Park may end up paying as much as $5,000.

“If the series goes back to Boston for Game 6 or 7, we might see the most expensive baseball game that we’ve ever tracked,” Gregoire added.

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