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San Francisco Giants outfielders Nate Schierholtz, Eugenio Velez, Cody Ross and Pat Burrell, from left, practice fielding during a team workout in preparation for the team's World Series matchup with the Texas Rangers, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The best-of-seven series starts Wednesday evening in San Francisco. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

Waterfront location, scenic views of the Bay, and excellent entertainment -- if you don't mind torturing your wallet.

On Wednesday as the Giants and the Texas Rangers open San Francisco's first World Series game since 2002, AT&T Park will become home to some of the Bay Area's most exclusive real estate, and the prices reflect it.

Tickets, no longer available through the team, are selling online for hundreds and even thousands of dollars apiece.

Tickets to all four of the World Series games that could be held in San Francisco sold out in about 15 minutes, said Russ Stanley, Giants managing vice president of tickets and cervices.

The team switched to an online lottery for tickets after the 2002 season, he said, ending the long lines of eager fans outside the ballpark this year.

"This is a much more efficient and fair way to do it," he said.

Stanley urged fans to use the online reseller StubHub, saying it is the only ticket outlet approved by Major League Baseball.

Fans who choose that route should be prepared to open their wallets.

Tickets to the Wednesday opener were selling for $400 to $4,000 on StubHub on Monday. Some standing room only tickets, which were originally priced at $50, were going for nearly $600.

The high prices led one Giants fan from San Mateo, Scott, who did not want his last name used, to try Craigslist.

He's not alone. Dozens of fans -- some offering vacations in Tahoe or chiropractic services, others making desperate pleas for seats at barely above face value -- have posted appeals to those with extra tickets.

Snagging a ticket "would be huge," Scott said, but he also has set a limit on how much he is willing to spend for the experience.

"I want to go to the games, but I'm not going to mortgage my future to go to a game."

Getting a pair of World Series tickets wasn't a problem for season ticket holder Steve Hockel, but deciding whom to take with him was.

Hockel, a Concord resident, held an essay contest for his 30 nieces and nephews to determine who would accompany him Wednesday.

He and his wife postponed a trip to London -- where they were to watch the San Francisco 49ers play the Denver Broncos -- so he could attend the Series.

The essay-contest ticket ultimately went to his 14-year-old nephew Kolbe.

"He is absolutely stoked," he said. "We're going to be out there together, make a day of it. It's going to be a blast."

Contact Jonathan Morales at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/sosaysjonathan.