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Buying 2015 MLB Tickets For All 30 Clubs: Rating Packages, Partial Plans + Single Game Sale Dates

With Philadelphia not having the best team the last few years, I am giving them the nod for having the best ticket campaigning to drive sales in 2015.  They had their schedule up early, offered a Christmas special, 3, 4 or 6 game fan select packages (that didn't omit any games), and most of them included the season opener option - while supplies lasted.  In addition to this, they had a business person's special, Phillie Phanatic birthday package, and 4 different option for 20 game plans.  I am glad I am watching the most games here on my 179 day trip - than any other venue.

With Philadelphia not having the best team the last few years, I am giving them the nod for having the best ticket campaigning to drive sales in 2015. They had their schedule up early, offered a Christmas special, 3, 4 or 6 game fan select packages (that didn’t omit any games), and most of them included the season opener option – while supplies lasted. In addition to this, they had a business person’s special, the Phillie Phanatic birthday package, Mothers Day and Father’s day specials  and 4 different options for 20 game plans. I am glad I am watching the most games here on my 179 day trip – than any other venue.

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One of the things that has made me quite upset over forecasting my big road trip is the waiting for single game tickets.  I made a point back in December that baseball needs to look at this in great detail for all 30 MLB franchises.

Some of the clubs are doing a better job than the others, having said that, maybe Rob Manfred could help address some of these marketing drives. 

There is no reason why fans have to wait so long for to buy game tickets for the upcoming campaign!  Kudos to the teams like Seattle, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto, Philadelphia and the Giants for having several fan selection packages available in a timely fashion.

Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium have come down in ticket prices over the last 5 years.  Routinely, the most expensive ballparks, even they have deals on certain games and times of the year.   Boston even had a day where they waived their processing fee's in January.  Other teams should take heed on this brilliant idea.

Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium have come down in ticket prices over the last 5 years. Routinely, the most expensive ballparks, even they have deals on certain games and times of the year. Boston even had a day where they waved their processing fee’s for a 24 hour stretch.   Other teams should take heed on this brilliant idea.

The Red Sox had one of the best promotions I have seen this winter during a day in January this year.  For their lower tier games in dynamic pricing, they offered a fee waiver on service charges for a 24 hour session.  I ended up buying 9 tickets for $90.  Outstanding value to see a park most people have near the tops of their stadium rankings!

Safeco Field has not seen any postseason games since 2001, and last year the club rode the Robinson Cano signing to stop a historically bad swoon of year by year attendances in their home park.  Seattle, along with a few other clubs, are realizing that fans love selecting their own packages for big sets of games.  The M's offer 15 and 20 game fan select games.  I love this option because you are the decider of the games you want to see.  You don't have to buy games you don't wish to see and be stuck with them.  Milwaukee, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays. Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds are among the other other franchises to follow the trend of fan selected deals.

Safeco Field has not seen any postseason games since 2001, and last year the club rode the Robinson Cano signing to stop a historically bad swoon of year by year attendances in their home park. Seattle, along with a few other clubs, are realizing that fans love selecting their own packages for big sets of games. The M’s offer 15 and 20 game fan select games. I love this option because you are the decider of the games you want to see. You don’t have to buy games you don’t wish to see and be stuck with them. Milwaukee, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays. Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds are among the other franchises to follow the trend of fan selected deals.

The Phillies were quite progressive in having 3 game, 4 game, 6 games packages, and also have 4 different plans of about 20 games worth of tickets.

The Mariners have a fan-select 15 and 20 game package set.  beautiful!  The White Sox offered 7 and 14 games fan selected packages.  The Brewers have 10 and 20 game selections (picked by you).

I took advantage of all of those, and then also bought a 12 game ticket package from the Cubs, (that included the season opener, where single game tickets are going for $150 as the cheapest selection on secondary markets).

The Cardinals and Royals offer packages, but all probably include games you don’t want to venture out to.

I am giving the Yankees a pass on their ticket availability.  Single game tickets have not gone on sale yet, however they offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday seat licenses for 16 games (+ home opener) – so it makes up for that.  Single game tickets go on sale Feb.24, 2015.

The Padres, Nationals, Dodgers, A’s, D’Backs, Braves, Angels and Rockies have all of their single games on sale at least as of right now.

While the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros were one of the last clubs to post their starting times for the year, they are making up for it now.

The Rangers are offering 20 game plans (fan select) and 10 game plans.  This puts them in the same boat with the Mariners.  If you buy one of those 2 plans right now, you can receive Opening Day Tickets too.

Houston is offering 7 game sets ( because of Craig Biggio’s Hall Of Fame Induction this year) and 14 game fan selections too.

Cincinnati has a plethora of options available to buy. including a $70 upper deck April pass, that gets you in the park for all 11 games in the opening month, plus the opener (and two bobblehead nights) for just over $6 a game.  That is a good deal.

The teams that receive failing marks on their ticket structuring

The Tigers have an outdated selection of 15 game packs, where again, you may not want to buy certain games.

Cleveland:  You have a decent team the last few years, yet there are no plans for any packages right, and no single game tickets for purchase right now?  Seriously.   For a franchise that barely draws in the early season, you should be taking every opportunity for your customers to buy ASAP!

Baltimore:  Come on fellas, it is February 21st and not only do you not have any tickets for single games available right now, you don’t even have plans available for partial season tickets, or game packs of any variety.  I wanted to go see around 12-15 games at Camden, but based on this, I am scaling back to 7 games or so.

It is a brutal mark on a franchise that won the AL East last year. Way to capitalize on your momentum gents!!

All 30 MLB teams should have had single game tickets and packages all available when they all had their fan fests .  These celebrations contain rabid fans who are just itching to spend their hard earned cash on your squads.

The Rays receive failing marks for their ticket maneuvering overall, but at least they are reaching out to their fanbase – with 3,6, and 9 game packs for their Fan Fest this weekend. Even then, it is just a deposit, as you will not receive the tickets in your hot little hands as of yet.  It is basically a voucher for any game of the year that is not blacked out and based on availability.

With people often spending a certain amount of money each month on entertainment, wouldn’t it behoove all clubs to put up all of their tickets as much as humanly possible?

They miss out on Christmas present sales, and then try to cram all of their games for sale in the worst 3 spending months of the year for people with freed up cash.

It boggles my mind, how we have come so far with technology and stuff, yet are so antiquated with our ability to purchase tickets.

The season schedule comes out in September of every campaign (for the following year). Why can’t all teams have their start times posted by the end of November, and then have a ticket rush from December on?  Think of MLB teams using Black Friday to reign in hordes of cash for ticket drives!

I will also dole out credit to several teams, like the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners and Phillies, for having specialized December specials to their fans -simply to put something underneath the stockings.

One more salvo to fire at a team before I exit.  The Toronto Blue Jays are losing paper tickets entirely this year, which is extremely stupid, and their older fans will have to learn how to use electronic devices a hell of a lot more just to enter the ballpark.

While I am saying this, the hardcore baseball fans also love paper tickets for keepsake memento’s, so I hope all teams will be offering the service (even for a nominal fee) at their stadiums.

Of course, the best way to chronicle your journey to all of the parks is to get yourself a BallPark Pass-Port.  Seriously, for $75 all in shipped (about $2.50 per park) it is the cheapest way to have a tracker of your odyssey, and it is cool!

Have I missed anything?

The Orioles are coming off a triumphant AL East Division win, and an ALCS appearance, although they get my vote for the worst ticket campaign for the 2015 season.  Not only do they still not have single game tickets for purchase, their is no game packs available for selection either, and they are just accepting deposits for 2015 partial plans without a look at any of the packages.  Not exactly a bright move to capitalize on the upswing of their franchise right now.  Oh yeah.  Camden Yards is also one of the best ballparks in the majors.  Get to to work on your ticket drive guys!!

The Orioles are coming off a triumphant AL East Division win, and an ALCS appearance, although they get my vote for the worst ticket campaign for the 2015 season. Not only do they still not have single game tickets for purchase, there are also no game packs available for selection either, and they are just accepting deposits for 2015 partial plans without a look at any of the packages. Not exactly a bright move to capitalize on the upswing of their franchise right now. Oh yeah. Camden Yards is also one of the best ballparks in the majors. Get to to work on your ticket drive guys!!

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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