Here’s the other kicker that no other media outlet in town will touch, but I might as well. Two different people have told me they contacted the team this week (Monday and Tuesday) to inquire about Student Discount tickets for this Friday’s home game with the Phillies and both were told those seats are all gone.
I’m trusting the two people who reached out to me are telling the truth. I don’t know them at all. They’re listeners. But it doesn’t surprise me if, in fact, Friday’s allotment of student tickets is already gone and the team isn’t telling anyone. Remember: “Once they’re here at the park, they’re staying and paying retail prices.”
But, if that’s the case…and if Friday night’s home game against the Phillies no longer has a student discount ticket to sell, shouldn’t the Orioles be telling you that on the broadcasts from Boston this week? Wouldn’t that be the right thing to do?
“Hey fans, Gary Thorne back here at Fenway…a quick reminder from the Orioles that every Friday night, the club offers students a chance to see major league action for just six dollars by taking advantage of Student Ticket Night. All you have to do is show your student ID at the ticket window to get those seats. Now, for this Friday’s game vs. Philadelphia, the allotment of student tickets is SOLD OUT, so please don’t come out on Friday expecting to get a seat for six bucks. There are still tickets available though if you’d like to watch the Birds take on the Phillies.”
That’s how you would do if you had respect for your fans.
You’d tell them THE TRUTH.
I still can’t figure out why this whole student ticket thing is shrouded in such secrecy. I haven’t understood it since the story first percolated about a month ago and I still don’t get it now.
Just tell everyone how many tickets you’re selling every Friday night to students who show up.
Don’t dance around it. Don’t put up creative graphics like “Available until they sell out”.
Just put up the freakin’ number.
Is it really that hard to be nice to your fan base?
Evidently, it is.