Two weeks ago, I suggested in THIS BLOG that the Orioles should start thinking about what they were going to do in the month of September to draw crowds to Camden Yards while the team battles for its first post-season berth since 1997.
Lo and behold, what do you know? The Orioles are actually heeding my advice and doing something to try and leads fans back into the ballpark, rather than just resting on that silly “when we win, they’ll come back” theory that worked so well last week during the homestand with the White Sox. 47,000 fans showed up last week — combined, for all four games.
Now it would appear the Orioles are finally aware that just winning games isn’t enough to lure fans back to the ballpark and pay major league prices in an economy that can barely afford minor league prices.
For next week’s series with the Rays, the Orioles are offering “throwback prices” for select seats, taking fans back to 1992 and allowing them to purchase tickets for as low as $4.00 and $8.00 each.
In the blog I wrote two weeks ago, I suggested the Orioles reach out to all former season ticket holders over the last five years or so and invite them – via a discount ticket offer – to the Tampa Bay series. The O’s did me one better. They invited EVERYONE to the series via a discount ticket offer.
That’s a nice move at a time when the fans need to feel welcomed back.
I’ll do my best to promote the ticket discount over the next six days, because I feel it’s very important for the crowds to swell next week when the Rays come to town.
I understand how it works. I can’t demand that the team do something smart with their ticket prices and then ignore them when they actually do pull the trigger on a beneficial ticket promotion. So I’ll go out of my way on the air over the next few days to remind everyone that they can now “afford” Orioles baseball at a time when the games are the most important they’ve been in 15 years.
I’m going to assume (and yes, I know that’s dangerous with the Orioles) that the whole “BUCKle Up!” campaign will be on the up and up and that people who want the $4.00 and $8.00 seats will be able to get them. Maybe the team learned a hard lesson from this summer’s “Student Night” mess where they essentially lured students to the park on Fridays with the promise of a $6.00 seat, then quickly sold out the never-disclosed allotment of those seats and tried to upcharge those in line who could no longer get in for six bucks.
I hope beyond hope the “BUCKle Up” promotion is legit and the seats are readily available. I’m tired of being the watchdog who everyone emails with complaints when the hoodwinking occurs.
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