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Matt700wlw
08-02-2006, 06:11 PM
Reds Offer Half-Price Tickets, $1 Hot Dogs For Cardinals Series



CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds are offering tickets for half price in 10 seating locations for games Monday, Tuesday and Thursday against the National League Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.

The half-price ticket offer does not include Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. game, when the first 40,000 fans will receive a Dave Concepcion bobblehead doll. Concepcion’s giveway is the third in the Power of Tradition shortstop series that also featured Barry Larkin and Felipe Lopez.

During that entire 4-game series against St. Louis, fans can purchase hot dogs for just $1.

Half-price tickets for that series are available at the Great American Ball Park ticket windows, online at www.reds.com and via phone locally at (513) 381-7337 or toll free (877) 647-7337. Tickets purchased in advance with a credit card can be picked up at the new Will Call ticket kiosks at Crosley Terrace with that same credit card.

When purchasing tickets online, fans also can print their tickets at home or office.

For more information, contact the Reds’ ticket office at (513) 765-7400.

reds44
08-02-2006, 06:12 PM
Wow we are desperately trying to get people to go to games.

justincredible
08-02-2006, 06:15 PM
If I didn't live 2 hours away and drive a truck that gets 15 mpg I would definitely be there for a game or two that series. Of course, that would be true for most series', not just the ones with cheap hot dogs.

RBA
08-02-2006, 06:28 PM
Sell your truck and hitchhike.

CincyReds2003
08-02-2006, 06:33 PM
If they want to sell the place out, offer 2 free beer coupons! :beerme:

flyer85
08-02-2006, 06:38 PM
Maybe they should offer Clayton to all the other teams for free.

Ltlabner
08-02-2006, 06:43 PM
Wow we are desperately trying to get people to go to games.

Wow, what a horrible concept. Activley trying to boost attendence. What the heck do they know? :rolleyes:

reds44
08-02-2006, 07:06 PM
Wow, what a horrible concept. Activley trying to boost attendence. What the heck do they know? :rolleyes:
Uhhh did I say that?

Ltlabner
08-02-2006, 07:08 PM
Uhhh did I say that?


You said...."Wow we are desperately trying to get people to go to games"

Is if that was a bad thing.

If you meant something different perhaps you should expound on your one sentance post.

penantboundreds
08-02-2006, 08:11 PM
i tried buying tickets online and it didnt take half off....

Matt700wlw
08-02-2006, 08:12 PM
i tried buying tickets online and it didnt take half off....


They don't like you :)

penantboundreds
08-02-2006, 08:14 PM
what are the 10 spots? ive tried a lot of them...do you have to get all the way through it

Caseyfan21
08-02-2006, 08:32 PM
Yeah, maybe I'm stupid but I can't find anything on the website about it and I can't find any sections that come up as half off.

Caseyfan21
08-02-2006, 08:36 PM
Actually, on second thought, it looks like I am indeed stupid. I went back and was looking at prices and several sections are already half priced.

penantboundreds
08-02-2006, 08:38 PM
ooooh thats what i had messed up i was looking for it to change ... thanks matt

Tommyjohn25
08-02-2006, 08:46 PM
Soooo....what if I already bought tickets to this game and paid full price??

Dunner44
08-02-2006, 08:55 PM
yeah, my tickets were bought several weeks ago for Monday's game... sob. At least i still get dollar dogs

Redsland
08-02-2006, 09:12 PM
yeah, my tickets were bought several weeks ago for Monday's game... sob. At least i still get dollar dogs
If you tell them you paid full price for your tickets, they'll probably sell you the dogs for $4.50.

:p:

Willy
08-02-2006, 09:12 PM
The half-price ticket offer does not include Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. game, when the first 40,000 fans will receive a Dave Concepcion bobblehead doll. Concepcion’s giveway is the third in the Power of Tradition shortstop series that also featured Barry Larkin and Felipe Lopez.
:oops:

Caseyfan21
08-02-2006, 09:43 PM
Just got my tickets for the Thursday game. It will be my only game of the summer since next weekend is the only weekend I'll be home all summer. I'm pretty excited though, got row D out in right center field.

If anyone else is going for the sun/moon deck tickets, give Tickets.com a call instead of doing it online. Then, confuse the stupid automated system and get a real person on the line. Both the internet and automated system tried to give me tickets way over on the line in Row I, then I got a real person on the line who found more tickets over in 142-3 that were several rows closer. I hate how the automated system will only give the section closest to home plate, even if another section over has a much lower row.

goreds2
08-02-2006, 09:46 PM
I think it is a good move and the Reds have probably listened to fan feedback concerning expense issues. Very nice job. :thumbup:

You should be at Columbus Clippers games on DIME A DOG NIGHT. :eek:

Caseyfan21
08-02-2006, 09:52 PM
I think it is a good move and the Reds have probably listened to fan feedback concerning expense issues. Very nice job. :thumbup:

You should be at Columbus Clippers games on DIME A DOG NIGHT. :eek:


The first one and Rooster's Wing night this year were legendary :laugh:

Redsland
08-02-2006, 10:01 PM
I think it is a good move and the Reds have probably listened to fan feedback concerning expense issues. Very nice job. :thumbup:
Agreed.

The DDN ran a poll along with one of Hal's rants about attendance recently. The most-cited reasons respondents gave for failing to attend in greater numbers were, "lack of faith in the team," which Krivsky is obviously working on, and "cost of tickets/concessions," which Castellini is apparently addressing.

:beerme:

reds44
08-03-2006, 03:01 AM
You said...."Wow we are desperately trying to get people to go to games"

Is if that was a bad thing.

If you meant something different perhaps you should expound on your one sentance post.
It is a bad thing. A team leading the Wild Card in August shouldn't have to beg fans to come to the game.

That being said hopefully it works and more people do show up.

buckeyenut
08-03-2006, 06:31 AM
I heard this on the radio last night and thought it was pure genius! Fans, you have no excuse now. We have to get down to the ballpark in mass for this critical series vs the Cardinals!

I must say, I was impressed before, but this ownership group is doing just about everything right since they took over. I can understand people not agreeing with the trades, but I cannot in the slightest understand anyone thinking this ownership has not stepped up completely and done everything they said they would.

If I hear another person say that Cast didn't pony up at the deadline for a big name and was too cheap, I think I am going to scream. We added 5M in salary and didn't blink, and it sounded like we were looking to add more.

this half price ticket and dollar dogs and the 4 for 48 program instituted this year, they prove to me this ownership just flat out gets it.

Ltlabner
08-03-2006, 08:29 AM
It is a bad thing. A team leading the Wild Card in August shouldn't have to beg fans to come to the game.

That being said hopefully it works and more people do show up.

Oh. I applogize for jumping on your statement then. Sorry about that. I guess you get an "ichy trigger finger" around here.

I wouldn't call it begging really but it's definatley not encouraging that people still don't consider the Reds a viable entertianment option. But I like that ownership continues to do things to make comming to GABP more interesting to people than say, going to a movie. I really like BC.

It's one thing to do this in the middle of the season to spice things up. It's totally different to have to do it to get interest from the fans. You are right at this point in the season you'd think even the most serrious doubter would at least go to 1 game just to check things out.

Unfortuntaly, there is a core group of fans that can only put about 20,000-25,000 butts in the seats on a given night. Hand out some goodie or give away a hot dog may add to that. Throw in bad weather or another local entertainment and you get horrible attendence.

919191
08-03-2006, 09:19 AM
I am going to that entire 4 game Cardinal series. I already had the Tue and Wed tickets (Tue is the Reach discount day anyway. I almost bought the Mon and Thur tickets a couple days ago, but I had ti go to work. I'm glad I waited- I bought 4 tickets to each game- 16 in all, and got 9 for half price. And I get to see an important series late in the season with a division rival - who thought this would happen this year?

I think maybe alot of Cardinal fans may come,too. There are precious few rooms left downtown now in the hotels. I'm glad priceline allows rebids after 24 hours now, instead of 72.

15fan
08-03-2006, 09:23 AM
$1 hot dogs when Jim Edmonds is in town.

I like it.

dabvu2498
08-03-2006, 09:25 AM
Front office desperation in abundance now.

919191
08-03-2006, 09:28 AM
How is this discount a bad thing?

dabvu2498
08-03-2006, 09:35 AM
How is this discount a bad thing?
For fans??? It's great...

From a business perspective it's sad that the FO has come to the conclusion that this is the only way they'll draw 4 big crowds... 3 half priced nights and bobbleheads.

And I paid full price (season ticket price) for my tickets. Turns out I could have waited 5 months and gotten some for half price -- would have saved me and the guy I share the seats with over 100 bucks! In other words, it's not the greatest way to make your season ticket base feel good about spending that money up front.

919191
08-03-2006, 10:06 AM
Maybe, but they will still sell alot of other concessions and souvineers. And as a fan, I care mostly about the fans, I guess.

Chip R
08-03-2006, 10:09 AM
Front office desperation in abundance now.
Perhaps. But I'd rather have them desperate with close to a full house against the Cards than desperate with only 25K there.

buckeyenut
08-03-2006, 12:22 PM
And I paid full price (season ticket price) for my tickets. Turns out I could have waited 5 months and gotten some for half price -- would have saved me and the guy I share the seats with over 100 bucks! In other words, it's not the greatest way to make your season ticket base feel good about spending that money up front.

I have never understood this. To me, it is selfish to think this way.

I am upset because the next person got a better deal than I did.

You don't get upset though when you pay different prices from the person next to you on priceline or at the airport or anywhere else, do you?

The seats to those games are something that cannot be kept longer than the game itself, just like seats on an airline, and if there is not someone in the seat, it is lost revenue to the reds. I would argue they should be doing more of this type of thing to get fans in the park later in the season. It makes perfect business sense.

Now, there is a science between full price for games at start vs maybe a discount for season ticket holders vs a discount on day of game or whatever it might be. If you do too much discounting like this as the season goes on, you can cannabalize full price sales. But when the game is gone, you cannot go back in time and put a butt in that seat. So why not do something about it?

And for those fans that did pay full price, look at it this way. If they sell an extra 10,000 tickets at half price, that might be an extra 50-100K that could be used towards payroll next year to make YOUR product better via a DFA or slightly higher salary. You do enough of that type of thing, it adds up to real money.

And, every person that is there that wouldn't have otherwise been is another person who might just get excited about the Reds playoff run and come to more games down the stretch.

redsfan30
08-03-2006, 12:38 PM
This is a fantastic move by the ownership, but it's sad that it was a needed move.

MartyFan
08-03-2006, 12:45 PM
For fans??? It's great...

From a business perspective it's sad that the FO has come to the conclusion that this is the only way they'll draw 4 big crowds... 3 half priced nights and bobbleheads.

And I paid full price (season ticket price) for my tickets. Turns out I could have waited 5 months and gotten some for half price -- would have saved me and the guy I share the seats with over 100 bucks! In other words, it's not the greatest way to make your season ticket base feel good about spending that money up front.

Oddly enough this is the same strategy used by nearly every other sports franchise in professional sports for the past 20 years.

As for not making the season ticket holders pay the money up front....PUUUULLLLEEEEZ....teams have been doing this for years. Did the Reds in past years? Probably not but they also have not had a decent team on the field since 1999.

People have not come back to the park because the previous ownership gave them 5 years to find other stuff to do with their time. I compare this year to the year prior to the Indians breakout team in the 90's...decent team, had some gas but people still didn't come around, why? There was nothing there for them when they went to the ballpark...when they had strong promotions, reasonable prices and were involved in the community the team started to bring people through the gate.

Baseball may be America's sport but it is not the number one sport anymore...people are juiced on constant action and there is a lot of down time at the park during a game...the Reds can't change overnight and neither can the people who used to come to the park...this is another great step to showcase the product.

Finally, by showcasing the product I bet they sell any season tickets they would lose by people hacked off by the half price ticket promotions.

dabvu2498
08-03-2006, 12:52 PM
I have never understood this. To me, it is selfish to think this way.

I am upset because the next person got a better deal than I did.

You don't get upset though when you pay different prices from the person next to you on priceline or at the airport or anywhere else, do you?

Sure it's selfish... that's my/our check that I put in the mail in March!

Now that having been said, I would pay it again today, tomorrow and next year to have my/our seats (good seats) reserved for every game, especially Opening Day, Bobblehead games, fireworks night, Indians series, and when I looked at the schedule in the spring, I expected, for this series vs. the Cards in August.

I personally, am not upset about it. It will not affect my season tickets. But I could see where it would affect some. And if you affect your season ticket base to a great extent, you could lose more money than the extra ticket sales for 3 games in August might net you.

The flying analogy doesn't fly. If I'm flying for work/family reasons, I'll pay whatever it takes. It's not disposable income (the money I spend on the Reds is). If I'm flying for pleasure, I'm the one getting the good deal.

I guess I'm spoiled by the mens clothing store/tailor that I shop at quite often. If they have a sale on an item or service that you've purchased in the past month, they'll refund you the difference. That's how you generate customer loyalty!

westofyou
08-03-2006, 12:55 PM
For fans??? It's great...

From a business perspective it's sad that the FO has come to the conclusion that this is the only way they'll draw 4 big crowds... 3 half priced nights and bobbleheads.

And I paid full price (season ticket price) for my tickets. Turns out I could have waited 5 months and gotten some for half price -- would have saved me and the guy I share the seats with over 100 bucks! In other words, it's not the greatest way to make your season ticket base feel good about spending that money up front.
When the Reds were the dregs of the league in attendance in the 30's MacPhail did the same thing, it creates fan interest, Bob Howsam created programs to ensure that events like that helped fill the stands.

Both of their projects led to surges in Reds fandom and on the field.

Marge just charged full price, cut out all the specials and counted her cash.

That led to this today... full circle.

Red Leader
08-03-2006, 12:58 PM
If you tell them you paid full price for your tickets, they'll probably sell you the dogs for $4.50.

:p:

:laugh:

dabvu2498
08-03-2006, 12:58 PM
Marge just charged full price, cut out all the specials and counted her cash.
If I remember correctly, Marge's full price wasn't very high... lowest per ticket average in the league, if memory serves me... as I believe it is today.

Also, I believe she had the $1 hot dog as well.

macro
08-03-2006, 01:00 PM
If they want to sell the place out, offer 2 free beer coupons! :beerme:
Hey, it's been tried! :lol:


http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/features/flashbacks/06_04_1974.stm

10-Cent Beer Night

Cleveland Municipal Stadium (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Cleveland_Stadium.stm) / June 4, 1974 (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/chronology/1974JUNE.stm#day4) By James G. Robinson

Mike Hargrove (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/H/Hargrove_Mike.stm) remembers his first game in Cleveland well.

The Indians graciously gave away their beer. Their fans gave away the game.

10-Cent Beer Night was the Indians' most desperate stunt in the club's most desperate era. Cleveland was mired in the AL East cellar for half a decade despite the best efforts of ace hurler Gaylord Perry (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/P/Perry_Gaylord.stm), who won 24 games and the Cy Young Award in 1972.

Stagnant attendance at Municipal Stadium (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Cleveland_Stadium.stm) (their turnout in 1973 had been the second-lowest since World War II) prompted the announcement that at selected games stadium vendors would offer a 10-ounce cup of Strohs for just 10 cents.

Cleveland's first (and last) "10-Cent Beer Night" was the first game of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers, who had held "cheap beer nights" of their own at Arlington Stadium (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/A/Arlington_Stadium.stm) the previous season without incident. Even though the Rangers had suffered through two of the worst seasons in baseball history since moving from Washington to Arlington, star turns by right fielder Jeff Burroughs (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/B/Burroughs_Jeff.stm) (AL MVP) and Ferguson Jenkins (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/J/Jenkins_Ferguson.stm) (25-12, 2.83) and the emergence of Hargrove (AL Rookie of the Year) would help the surprising Rangers finish the 1974 season second in the AL West with an 84-76 record.

An incident a week earlier in Arlington brought some testosterone-laden intrigue to the "Beer Night" matchup. It all began with a hard slide into Indians second baseman Jack Brohamer (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/B/Brohamer_Jack.stm) by the Rangers' Lenny Randle (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/R/Randle_Lenny.stm); four innings later Indians hurler Milt Wilcox (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/W/Wilcox_Milt.stm) retaliated with a fastball behind Randle's head. Instead of charging the mound, Randle bunted the next pitch up the first base line. As Wilcox charged the ball, he was greeted by a hard forearm shove from Randle, who then barreled into Cleveland's hulking first baseman John Ellis (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/E/Ellis_John.stm).

As the obligatory brawl ensued, more than a few Indians found themselves doused with beer gleefully hurled from the stands. Rangers shortstop Toby Harrah (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/H/Harrah_Toby.stm) remarked that the normally docile Ranger fans were becoming "more and more like the ones in Venezuela," who frequently chased referees out of arenas.

It certainly seemed like a good percentage of the Indians fans attending "10-Cent Beer Night" were looking for a measure of revenge. For a team that had averaged less than 8,000 fans a game the previous season, the announced attendance of over 25,000 was an impressive turnout. But many of the fans were already tipsy when they showed up and things turned ugly early. Especially ominous were the sounds of small explosions from the stands, heard from the press box as early as the first inning.

After the Rangers took an early lead, the alcohol-fueled frenzy that had pushed fans through the turnstiles began to push them onto the field. In the second inning, a large woman jumped into the Indians' on-deck circle and lifted her shirt; in the fourth, a naked man slid into second as Rangers outfielder Tom Grieve (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/G/Grieve_Tom.stm) circled the bases with his second homer of the game; and in the fifth, a father-and-son team welcomed Hargrove to Cleveland by leaping into the infield and mooning the crowd. From the seventh inning onwards, a steady stream of interlopers greeted Burroughs in right field. Some even stopped to shake his hand.

The stadium simmered until the Tribe came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, down 5-3. With one out, an Ed Crosby (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Crosby_Ed.stm) single scored George Hendrick (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/H/Hendrick_George.stm); two singles later, a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center by John Lowenstein (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/L/Lowenstein_John.stm) plated Crosby to tie the game. But slugger Leron Lee (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/L/Lee_Leron.stm) never had a chance to drive in the game-winner (Rusty Torres (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/T/Torres_Rusty.stm)) from third. As the Cleveland fans pelted the field with golf balls, rocks and batteries, someone took the opportunity to swipe Burroughs' glove. Burroughs chased the fan back to the stands and in response, people began swarming into the outfield, surrounding the Rangers' star outfielder and ending any hope for an Indians rally.

Dodging more than a few flying chairs, Texas manager Billy Martin (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/M/Martin_Billy.stm) grabbed a bat and led his team on a rescue mission to right field. "The bat showed up later," Hargrove recalled, "and it was broken." Even the Indians were helping to fight off their own fans. Umpire Nestor Chylak (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/C/Chylak_Nestor.stm), hit by both a chair and a rock, quickly forfeited the game to Texas, officially ending the Indians' comeback. "They were just uncontrollable beasts," said Chylak later. "I've never seen anything like it except in a zoo." Nine fans were arrested for their part in the melee.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram beat writer Mike Shropshire asked Rangers outfielder Cesar Tovar (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/T/Tovar_Cesar.stm) if the Cleveland fans were acting more like Venezuelan fans than the Arlington fans had. "These people are different, very different. Got no respect for the police," the Caracas native replied. "Of course, they'd shoot the people who tried that at home."
Ironically, the game was the first forfeit in the major leagues since the Rangers (then the Washington Senators) last game at RFK Stadium, when a horde of souvenir-hungry fans took the field and refused to leave.

How desperate was the Indians front office to fill the Municipal Stadium seats?

Incredibly, the team had no plans to call off the remaining 10-Cent Beer Nights until AL President Lee MacPhail (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/M/MacPhail_Lee.stm) intervened with the understatement of the year: "There was no question that beer played a great part in the affair."

REDREAD
08-03-2006, 01:06 PM
Front office desperation in abundance now.

Don't consider it desparation. Consider it an act of goodwill to try to win the fans back. After all we've been through with Allen/Lindner, the team is going to have to be creative to win back the fans that have declared they are "through" with the Reds over the years.

Given the alternative was probably the normal 20-25k fans in attendence, I doubt they lose a significant amount of revenue with this promotion. They may even gain revenue.

It's a nice act of goodwill to a fanbase that is used to being kicked in the privates. (like the additional surcharge for the Cleveland series, for example. I don't know if they still do that, but they did that when Allen was in charge.)

Cast is looking at trying to heal this franchise for the long term. It's nice to have a fan friendly owner that wants to win instead of Scrooge.

westofyou
08-03-2006, 01:11 PM
If I remember correctly, Marge's full price wasn't very high... lowest per ticket average in the league, if memory serves me... as I believe it is today.

Also, I believe she had the $1 hot dog as well.
Yep, meanwhile every other part of the organization payed for that hot dog and ticket price.

Redsland
08-03-2006, 02:21 PM
Lindner gave away over 1 million tickets FOR FREE during his last couple years, to momentous applause.

Castellini collects half price for a couple days, and he's "desperate."

:confused:

Red Leader
08-03-2006, 02:25 PM
Lindner gave away over 1 million tickets FOR FREE during his last couple years, to momentous applause.

Castellini collects half price for a couple days, and he's "desperate."

:confused:

It's been a hot summer. Produce sales are down and UDF ice cream is up. Duh. :p:

westofyou
08-03-2006, 02:27 PM
Lindner gave away over 1 million tickets FOR FREE during his last couple years, to momentous applause.

Castellini collects half price for a couple days, and he's "desperate."

:confused:
Irrational Fanbase, what's your function?
Knocking down ideas, chances and dreams
Irrational Fanbase, what's your function?
I got two favorite players
That get most of the job done.
Irrational Fanbase, what's their function?
Just proving to me daily that,
They'll get you pretty far.

Ltlabner
08-03-2006, 05:58 PM
I'm telling you, "used car night" is the way to go!

reds44
08-03-2006, 06:02 PM
Oh. I applogize for jumping on your statement then. Sorry about that. I guess you get an "ichy trigger finger" around here.



It's all good. No worries.

GOREDSGO32
08-03-2006, 10:08 PM
Sad thing is, they still make all kinds of money on this. A $1 hot dog should be the normal price if anything. How much are they normally??

goreds2
08-03-2006, 10:28 PM
Sad thing is, they still make all kinds of money on this. A $1 hot dog should be the normal price if anything. How much are they normally??

I THINK $3.50.

Playadlc
08-03-2006, 10:30 PM
Are there still tickets available for this game?

goreds2
08-03-2006, 10:34 PM
Are there still tickets available for this game?

You can check here:

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=cin

GOREDSGO32
08-03-2006, 11:06 PM
I THINK $3.50.

WOW ... thats crazy. But your talking to a guy who sneaks beer in each pantleg to bars ;) :D

macro
08-04-2006, 12:12 AM
Is it safe to assume that a hot dog and cup of beer that sells for almost $10 costs the vendor about $1 maximum?

boognish
08-04-2006, 11:31 AM
It's a nice act of goodwill to a fanbase that is used to being kicked in the privates. (like the additional surcharge for the Cleveland series, for example. I don't know if they still do that, but they did that when Allen was in charge.)

Cast is looking at trying to heal this franchise for the long term. It's nice to have a fan friendly owner that wants to win instead of Scrooge.

There is an additional surcharge for the Cleveland series this season, and there was also an extra $5 for certain sections in the White Sox series.

Whatever the reason/excuse, people haven't been coming to the games, and ownership seems to want to expand the core fanbase while the team is unexpectedly in the division hunt. It's sad that it has to come to this, but I feel it is a genuine effort by ownership to get a great atmosphere in the stadium for these big games so people will be more likely to pay full price for future games.

TeamBoone
08-04-2006, 12:17 PM
Daugherty's point of view (for what it's worth):


Friday, August 4, 2006

Cheap tickets - how embarrassing
BY PAUL DAUGHERTY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

In Baltimore where I once worked, the local ice cream was named Carvel. Carvel was the Graeter's of Baltimore. Carvel's radio and TV commercials featured a gravelly-voiced old guy, Carvel himself apparently, though we never saw him, who'd end each commercial with a pitiable request:

"Please buy this product."

You pictured Old Man Carvel on the street corner with a double-dip butter brickle in one hand and a tin cup in the other. The ice cream would be running rivers down his wrist and up his forearm. He'd look forlorn.

"Please buy this product."

The pennant-racing Reds are offering half-price tickets to the biggest series of the season. Three of the four games against St. Louis next week will feature clearance sale prices for more than half the ballpark.

Holy Schott, the club is even cutting the price of a hot dog, to a buck.

It's all very nice.

Also, embarrassing.

Try to picture this in Boston, New York, Chicago or St. Louis, or any other place that calls itself a Baseball Town.

Imagine the Red Sox holding a garage sale for tickets to a Yankees series. Think of the Cubs, flea-marketing their product in advance of three games with the White Sox.

The Reds led the wild-card race entering Thursday. Ownership has done everything it has promised and everything fans claimed to have desired. Management is serious. Midas Krivsky has been on the phone more than your 15-year-old daughter. The Reds play exciting, if flawed, baseball. The Reds hack, from first inning to last. They're the closest thing baseball has to John Daly. What do they have to do? Beg?

Well, yeah.

Half-price for a Cardinals series. Whew. When do the Reds hire the Buddy's Carpets guy to do their TV spots? "Half-price View Level seats if you buy by Monday night!"

Maybe, after three efforts at Please Buy This Product Night, the club can offer Baby Rattle Night: Free shakers to the first 40,000 fans who don't go to the games because it's too hot, too expensive, too dangerous, too far, too rowdy or on TV 140 times. Get there for batting practice, receive a complimentary bib.

"I'm patient," CEO Bob Castellini said Thursday. But not to a fault. "Come September, if we're a proven contender and we're not packing them in, we have to go back to the drawing board and reconsider the marketing."

The Reds are hovering near the Mendoza Line of major-league attendance. They're 13th in the NL, ahead of only Arizona, Florida and Pittsburgh. Thank God for Pittsburgh. Those at 100 Main Street are mystified. And, judging from the bribe they're offering you for three games next week, desperate.

Castellini understands the passion that was sapped in the previous six years will not return overnight. He notes correctly that the Bengals in Marvin Lewis' first year did not pack Paul Brown Stadium until late in the season, after their credibility had been restored.

"It took me awhile to get the fever with the Bengals, too. I understand." But, Castellini said, "This is a Reds city."

Perhaps. Meantime, maybe the club could be doing even more for its fans. How 'bout these notions:

Buy a Reds ticket and Ken Griffey Jr. will ride Big Wheels with your children in your driveway. Buy a Reds ticket, Adam Dunn will teach you to bass-fish in your kiddie pool.

Jason LaRue will personally shoot squirrels off your bird feeder.

Bronson Arroyo will let you blast Britney Spears on his car stereo. OK, maybe he won't.

Steve Stewart will host your wienie roast.

Pony rides for everyone.

Don't make the owner of the team parade up and down Pete Rose Way wearing a sandwich board. "Please buy this product." That wouldn't be right.



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macro
08-04-2006, 12:29 PM
Try to picture this in Boston, New York, Chicago or St. Louis, or any other place that calls itself a Baseball Town.

Imagine the Red Sox holding a garage sale for tickets to a Yankees series. Think of the Cubs, flea-marketing their product in advance of three games with the White Sox.

Have the fans in Boston, New York, Chicago or St. Louis, or any other place that calls itself a Baseball Town gone ten years without seeing their team in the postseason? Didn't the fans in Chicago see a World Championship last year? Didn't the fans in Boston see a World Championship the year before that? Didn't the fans in New York see several World Championships since we last sniffed the playoffs? Didn't the fans in St Louis see a pennant-winning team a couple of years ago?

It's been said here dozens of times, but it's going to take more than a .500 team to make going to Reds game the "in" thing to do for the people of the tri-state.