USSM Goes To Safeco Reminder

Dave · June 24, 2009 at 7:21 am · Filed Under Mariners 

A few weeks ago, we told you about our next USSM event, which is going to be held at Safeco Field on Saturday, August 8th, prior to the Mariners-Rays game that night. The response has been tremendous, as we’re closing in on 200 tickets sold, which leaves about 100 spots left. Given how good the response has been, I’ll be shocked if we don’t sell out, so if you’re planning on attending, I’d suggest buying your tickets sooner than later.

For those that missed the original announcement, here’s the description of the event.

Saturday, August 8th, 5 pm, Safeco Field. We have reserved 300 seats in sections 321/323 for a USSM group outing to Safeco Field for the Mariners-Rays game that evening. In addition, when you purchase a ticket to join our group for the game, you’re also invited to join us for a pre-game Q&A with the Mariners front office and your local blogging community (Derek, myself, Jeff Sullivan, Matthew Carruth, and Graham MacAree will all be there). One week after the trade deadline, the guys who run the baseball club will be spending a good portion of time talking to us and answering your questions. After that, we’ll all head upstairs and watch the game together.

The total cost for the event, including your ticket to the game, is $25. This is, quite frankly, a steal. You get to watch the M’s play the defending American League champs and get a chance to talk to the decision makers of the ballclub for the price of a normal ticket. We’re happy to partner with the Mariners to provide this opportunity for you guys.

To buy tickets to the game/event, go here and follow these instructions:

2. Select “Find Tickets” then enter USSMARINER as your promo code and click “Verify” (ignore the “e-mail address” option).

3. You will need to use the “Create an Account” option on the right side of the following page. This is a Seattle Mariners Group Account (NOT a Ticketmaster account) and will consist of your e-mail address and a unique password that will enable you to order tickets for future Mariners events. Note: If you have previously purchased through this system and already have an account created, please proceed with your existing account information.

4. You will be able to locate your seating, purchase your tickets, and print your tickets instantly- all from your home or office computer!

5. Join us for a pre-game event from 5:15-6:45pm in the Ellis Pavilion! Please enter through the door along 1st Avenue located next to the Third Base Entry. Entry into this pre-game event is limited so purchase your tickets early!

6. To order more than 25 tickets or if you require wheelchair seating, please call Yoko McCann at (206) 346-4505

Your tickets will have a special marking on them which will allow you entrance to the pregame Q&A. The room where we’re having the pregame Q&A can only hold 300 chairs, so we’re going to have to restrict entrance to the Q&A to people who have purchased tickets through our group event. If you’re a season ticket holder and already have tickets for that game, my advice would be to sell them and just buy a ticket to come hang out with us. We’ll be more fun, even if your seat might not be as good.

Once you’ve purchased a ticket for the event, you’re almost done. In order to be able to communicate with everyone and keep a firm head count for the chair setup, we’re going to ask that you fill out the form below with your name and email address for each person you buy a ticket for. If you’re bringing someone but don’t know who yet, just add a “Your Name’s Guest” entry, so that we can know that your contact information accounts for more than one person. If you’re bringing multiple unknown guests, just number them “Your Name’s Guest 1”, “Your Name’s Guest 2”, etc…

Finally, when you’ve done that, and you have a ticket in hand and have let us know you’re coming, we’d like to ask you to consider potentially kicking in a few dollars via paypal to help cover our costs for the event. When we have done these in the past, we added our overhead into the cost of the event, but since we’re having you pay through ticketmaster this time, that’s not an option. I’m forking out a decent amount of cash to fly out to Seattle, and Derek, Jeff, Matthew, Graham, and myself are all paying our way into the event just like the rest of you. If you feel like you want to send $5 our way to help defray some of our costs for this, that’d be great. We love hosting events like this, and we think you enjoy them too, so it will be easier for us to keep doing them if we don’t go in the red in order to pull them off.

So, that’s the USSM event in August. Pregame Q&A with the M’s front office and a ticket to watch to the M’s-Rays game with 300 other USSM readers for $25, plus suggested $5 donation to help offset our costs, and don’t forget to fill out the form so that know how many to plan for and can communicate with you guys if need be.

See you all in August!


19 Responses to “USSM Goes To Safeco Reminder”

  1. Jimmie the Geek on June 24th, 2009 8:07 am

    I’m bringing my father to this as his Father’s Day present. I’m really lookign forward to it, thanks for all the effort putting it together.


  2. Carson on June 24th, 2009 8:11 am

    Thanks for the reminder. I just grabbed my tickets.

    Do you know if we enter the stadium from the pre-game meeting room, or do we go back outside and enter through the gates?

    My guest may not make the pre-game portion, so I may need to go back out to meet them. Grabbing a Polish from the street vendor also sounds really good, even a month away and at 8am.

  3. Dave on June 24th, 2009 8:14 am

    The pre-game meeting room is inside Safeco, so you won’t have to exit Safeco to get to your seats. I’ll ask about re-entry.

  4. zzyzx on June 24th, 2009 8:14 am

    Darn honeymoon, messing everything up…

  5. wfan99 on June 24th, 2009 10:30 am

    How easy has it been to use group manager to purchase tickets for this event? As I work for another sports organization I wanted to know the end users thoughts on the service. I wish I had the opportunity to attend the event, do you think we could perhaps pay to view the event online and ask a question?

  6. DMZ on June 24th, 2009 10:55 am

    I don’t see how we would manage to set it up online.

  7. section331 on June 24th, 2009 11:46 am

    UStream and a laptop with a camera – though having it online rather undermines the whole Sooper Sekrit Meeting thing….

  8. Dave on June 24th, 2009 11:49 am

    The group manager has been a breeze for us – way easier than our previous registration/paypal/confirmation mess. I’m a fan.

    But, sorry, no, the event won’t be available online. We’ll do more of these in the future, so if you can’t attend this one, hopefully you’ll be able to make another one at a later date.

  9. sass on June 24th, 2009 12:52 pm

    Speaking of QA with Z, there was just a live chat with him. One interesting Q/A:

    We need more LH bats. Have you looked at Ryan Langerhans, currently in the Nats organization?

    Good suggestion.

  10. msb on June 24th, 2009 1:42 pm

    Good suggestion.


    and re: online– it feels as though the speakers can be more open if it remains ‘sooper sekrit’

  11. dchappelle on June 24th, 2009 1:58 pm

    Good suggestion.

    I would be stunned if Blengino didn’t have at least someone taking a regular look here.

  12. DoesntCompute on June 24th, 2009 3:04 pm

    I won’t be able to attend this one but I recommend it for anyone on the fence. The amount of baseball knowledge and Mariners insight gained from these events is out of this world.

  13. gwangung on June 24th, 2009 3:10 pm

    Donate early. Donate often.

  14. appleshampoo on June 24th, 2009 4:30 pm

    Just bought my ticket, looking forward to it almost as much as LOLCAT night with the Mariners!

  15. Jeff Nye on June 24th, 2009 6:10 pm

    Dave, I sent you an email about this, take a look when you get a chance.

  16. msb on June 24th, 2009 9:16 pm

    Your tickets will have a special marking on them which will allow you entrance to the pregame Q&A.

    any idea where said marking is? I just looked at mine again, and find nothing other that the phrase “USS Mariner” under the transaction details…

  17. MKT on June 25th, 2009 1:43 am

    Your tickets will have a special marking on them which will allow you entrance to the pregame Q&A.

    any idea where said marking is? I just looked at mine again, and find nothing other that the phrase “USS Mariner” under the transaction details…

    I believe that that phrase is indeed the sooper sekrit marking.

  18. msb on June 25th, 2009 8:50 am

    well, dangit.

    and me without a sekrit decoder ring.

  19. cosmicslim on July 8th, 2009 8:34 am

    Anyone else travelling from out of town? Any kind of group rate on a motel happening?

    Also, am I going to have to put my M’s jersey in a bag and not wear it during the Q&A, and then put it on for the game?

    Maybe I’ll do that. I guess it would be like wearing funny ears at a Leonard Nimoy meet and greet.

    But is there anything going on with a motel thing?

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