Report: RNC paid face value for Donald Trump’s box seats for Game 5 of the World Series

Ryan Young
Yahoo Sports Contributor
The Republican National Committee reportedly paid $465 per seat for Donald Trump and his group to attend Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday. (Will Newton/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump did not receive a special discount for his World Series tickets on Sunday, though he wasn’t the one to foot the bill.

The Republican National Committee paid $465 per seat in the luxury suite at Nationals Park for Trump and his wife, 12 members of Congress and senior White House staff members to attend Game 5 of the World Series, according to the Washington Post.

In total, the RNC paid about $14,000 for the 30 seats in the suite. MLB had the luxury box reserved for league use ahead of time. Sitting anywhere else in the stadium, a White House official said, would not have been feasible due to security concerns.

An anonymous Republican official told the Washington Post that MLB charged the RNC face value for the box seats and sent them an invoice. Congressional members and White House staffers who attended the game didn’t receive an actual ticket, and entered the game with Trump through a back tunnel.

Trump brought 12 members of Congress with him into the suite, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and David Perdue (R-GA), Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Kay Granger (R-TX), Mark Meadows (R-NC), John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX.) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was sitting in a nearby box, per the report, though did not attend the game with Trump’s group.

While the tickets were sold at face value, they were significantly cheaper than what tickets throughout the stadium were going for. According to the Washington Post, many standing-room only seats for the game were going for $1,000 each or more before the start of the series. Dozens of standing-room only seats for Game 7 in Houston on Wednesday night were going for as low as $345 on Stubhub.

Trump did not receive a warm welcome at Nationals Park on Sunday, and was met with a loud chorus of boos and “lock him up” chants when his box was shown on the video screen before the fourth inning. An “Impeach Trump” banner was briefly hung up in right field, and multiple “Veterans for Impeachment” signs were held up behind home plate during the game, too.

The Nationals eventually beat the Astros, winning the World Series behind a 6-2 win in Game 7 to capture their first championship in franchise history.

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