Current state of ticket demand

DMZ · May 10, 2008 at 12:29 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Some of this is no doubt due to the M’s colossally annoying fan un-friendly ticket pricing scheme (“Hey, let’s go see a game tonight!” “Sure, I think we’re still above water on our home equity line of credit…”) but even online, home to jerks buying up center field bleacher seats and demanding $20/stub for them, I looked around and found some good seats at 25% discounts from original, early-adopter prices for this, a weekend (though not primo) game.

Note to the person who managed to get buy that super-great value set out from under me: I hate you.

And reports are that actual on-street scalpers are taking it repeatedly in the happy sack. I’m not proud of this, but such news makes me smile because over the last few years I’ve found them increasingly unreasonable.

I wonder what I’ll see wandering down Occidental tonight.

Anyway — any USSMers in attendance, feel free to wave or wear a bag over your head (I will bet, actually, that the Safeco Field staff will stop you on the entirely made-up grounds that wearing a bag on your head is a security threat) and I’ll buy you a beer or beverage of your choice (offer limited in quantity to the amount of cash I have on hand).


62 Responses to “Current state of ticket demand”

  1. msb on May 10th, 2008 5:30 pm

    how about:

    what goes with free tickets and crap baseball??

    Rally fries!!!!

  2. Zeem on May 10th, 2008 5:31 pm

    Looks like they dropped Sexson’s suspension to five games and he’ll begin serving tonight.

  3. PaulMolitorCocktail on May 10th, 2008 5:51 pm

    Maybe they can suspend Sexson 120 games for sucking?

  4. Lauren, token chick on May 10th, 2008 5:52 pm

    I wonder how long it’d take me to get kicked out with a “Fuck Rally Fries, Bring Back Adam Jones” poster?

  5. msb on May 10th, 2008 5:59 pm

    I’ll be sitting near first base tonight I think, maybe they’ll give me a turn! Do you think being afraid of the ball will matter?

    I bet it would be just fine if it didn’t have quite such a Cynthia Rodriguez vibe

    Tom Huytler says wear a coat, there’s a breeze!

  6. forte40 on May 10th, 2008 6:07 pm

    you know Tom?

  7. Slippery Elmer on May 10th, 2008 7:31 pm

    What kind of bag are we talking here? ’cause plastic seems like the better option about now…

  8. Jeff Nye on May 10th, 2008 8:25 pm

    Cross-emails sent. Enjoy, you crazy kids.

  9. John D. on May 11th, 2008 12:20 am

    Re: # 8 – [Inability to give away tickets]

    In the ’80s, the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens used to give away tickets to the Kingdome.
    One time they gave me two, and asked me if I could use two more. “No,” I said. A few other people didn’t want them either.
    It’s soon going to be like that again.

  10. MedicineHat on May 11th, 2008 8:37 am

    Have you ever heard of the “smart circle card“?

    My wife bought one from some guy who walked into her work and sold her on it. IT was $29 and includes two coupons for two view reserve, view box or field seats for $1 each (so a total of 4 seats for $4).

    In addition there are six buy one get one free coupons for view reserve, view box or field seats.

    Then there are two buy one get one free coupons for Terrace club outfield, field level, view box, or view reserve.

    The first offer (the $1 seats) are only good for a very select # of games (4). The last two offers are good on a more select number of home dates (47) so you know they weeded out the big series. But there are plenty of weekend games included (including yesterday’s – Saturday – game).

    I took my son to one of the $1 games and got View Box just off of home plate ($30 tix x 2) for $2. Paid for the whole package right there.

    I just checked their website and don’t see this card on there anymore, but maybe look for it prior to next season. It really does save some cash…

    And I am in no way affiliated and was very skeptical that my wife had been ripped off when she told me about it. But the guy at the MAriners team store raved about how good a deal this was when I redeemed my first coupon.

  11. Adam S on May 11th, 2008 10:23 pm

    In a typical season I give away (rather than finding a willing buyer for) my Mariners tickets once and maybe a second time in September if they’re way out of it. Already I’ve given them away three times. Part of it is not hitting ALL of the usual channels but demand is clearly in the crapper. My wife posted the tickets for sale at work (a very large, well-known non-software company) and couldn’t get a taker for Saturday night’s game.

  12. The Nickster on May 12th, 2008 3:22 pm

    re: the price of tickets, I will say one thing in defense of the Ms: I just bought tickets to see the Yanks and R. Sox in Yankee Stadium (yay, made it before they tore it down!) and I was stunned. Of course all the games are sold out, so I went on StubHub. I had a helluva time finding anything less that 100 bucks a ticket. Maybe that was because of the Boston thing, but still…. we’re talking $120 for Bleacher Seat. I consider myself extremely lucky that I stumbled upon two tickets for $50 each ($60 once all charges are included). I’m just getting over sticker shock now. Maybe an Ms game won’t seem so pricey anymore!

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