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Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Earl Bonovich, Aug 4, 2010.
$38.00 X 5 this past week....plus of course.....parking and food.
The Giants this year (I Think it was this year, anyway) switched their entire pricing structure to "Market Rate" pricing.
In years past, we'd catch a game or two a year, because the bleacher seats - which are actually really decent seats at AT&T park - were only $17. This year, those tickets are anywhere from $9 to $55, IIRC. If they're playing a crappy team, the tickets are cheaper, but if they're playing a team you actually want to watch, you have to pay these outrageous prices.... And it's the same all over the ballpark, not just these seats. So, for instance, a Giants-Dodgers game, they're charging 2 & 3 times the normal price for every seat in the joint!
Good news is that the Oakland Athletics are just about the same drive from my house and their tickets are still dirt cheap - the advantages of having a crappy team playing in a dump of a stadium! I think you can sit 10 rows (or so) from the field for $35 or so!
And at $38.00 a ticket, you probably would have had a better "view" in front of the TV
Here's a laugh.. I read a story from the 1970s or so that predicted an unusual outcome of the increasing rights fees (peanuts by today's standards) for television.
They actually predicted that, eventually, the teams would get so much money from television (which came true) that they would be giving away tickets for free as they wouldn't need that revenue stream but WOULD need to show people in the stands. In other words, going to a ballgame would be like going to a TV show taping.
I remember going to the Yankee Stadium and sitting in the bleachers for 50 cent. Micky Mantle hit one over our head.
I remember 75 cents. But box seats were $3.50. And there were plenty of them available.