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