Recession's bad for baseball, but good for its fans
OK, it's not good news for the next baseball player, perhaps, who wants to put their name on a contract for a $1.4 million signing bonus or whatever the going rate is these days, but it should be welcome news for fans that a lot of baseball teams are reducing ticket prices and doing whatever they can to bring fans in. As well they should. It's expected that after five years of having stadiums filled (over 70 million people going to games), that attendance might drop by 7% this year.
This isn't by any means an all-encompassing list, and some of these deals are only aimed at the avid baseball fan and not the casual, come-occasionally sorts, but if you're thinking about buying baseball tickets anytime soon, maybe this will help you decide if you want to open your wallet:
- The Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves are offering $1 seats.
- The Houston Astros are selling season ticket packages for as low as $76.
- The Blue Jays have an "all-you-can-eat" promotion going. Get a $39 ticket in the 200 level outfield, and you can have an unlimited supply of hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and soft drinks.
- The Cincinnati Reds are offering a "Baker's Dozen." Buy 12 tickets to 12 games and get a 13th for free.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates have a deal where if you buy a package of eight games, you get two more for free.
- And the Minnesota Twins have probably the timeliest and most creative idea. Every week, the tickets are being linked to the stock market. If the Dow closed in the 8,000s, the tickets the following Monday through Friday in the outfield are $8. If it closed in the 7,000s, $7.