14 March 2010

No Essay Required

Managed an online ticket steal for the April 7th ballgame, but as regular readers have no doubt envisaged, the bargain was not at Chase Field. I'll be in the Bay Area that week and bought three upper deck seats in Oakland - row 6, a little beyond third base - for a total of $17.25. That's in the nation's highest income MSA, by the way, and includes Ticketmaster "convenience" and "service" fees.

How much are comparable online seats in Phoenix - MLB's lowest income MSA? The Paradise Valley altruists touting "the lowest prices in baseball", charge $57.25.

What's the catch? None really. The $57.25 isn't for a "premier" game - that would run $72.25 online and Oakland's Wednesday promotion actually includes premier opponents like the Yankees and Red Sox. The A's run a well advertised deal where, every Wednesday all year long, they designate what looks to be ten to fifteen thousand seats for $2 each. Add in the ugly fees and my $6 purchase grew to $17.25, but I'll save the Ticketmaster rant for another time. It's still a delicious bargain, moreso since Wednesday hot dogs are only a dollar.

It's the sort of straightforward windfall for fans that current Dbacks brass, busy chirping about fans' interests instead of catering to them, would never dream of authorizing. If you want entrance to a mostly empty Chase Field for less than about ten bucks nowadays, be prepared to write Derrick Hall an essay on how you lost your job, or your wallet, or your arm in Iraq. So that he can grant you a couple of unsold uppers and make a televised show out of His largesse - selectively invoking executive privilege to override his own above market pricing.

Forget dollar seats. Forget $2 seats. In the middle of a regional depression, in the lowest income market in baseball, perhaps somebody could invoke executive privilege to bring back last year's five dollar seats, in a half empty stadium. No essay required.

4 comments:

Russell said...

"If you want entrance to Chase Field for less than about ten bucks nowadays, be prepared to write Derrick Hall an essay on how you lost your job, or your wallet, or your arm in Iraq."

lol- I believe that a wheelchair is also mandatory for this promotion.

Jeff said...

I feel your pain. Like I've told you before, my neighborhood White Sox feature similarly poor deals for the consumer...

And my baseball experiences in Oakland have always been cheap (and fun). Go A's!

Diamondhacks said...

Russell,

Yes. My understanding is if you lose your wallet, you definitely should write a double spaced essay.

If you lose your job, you need to get all choked up, on video, about the time Derrick said "We love you guys".

If you're wheelchair bound, they just need a photo of you rising out of the chair to grasp Derrick's tickets. They'll dub in the celestial music later.

Diamondhacks said...

Jeff,

Yeah, although he's self-made, no one will mistake Reinsdorf as a champion of the common man.