Indians Season Ticket Holder Presale and Promotions

I’m starting to get a feeling that buying Cleveland Indians season tickets might have been a bad idea.  The only worthwhile perk is a suite for 16 people ‘worth’ $2,000.  I’ve had my season tickets for about sixty games (I’m using the other 21) listed on Stubhub for a couple weeks now, and haven’t sold a single pair.  Ugh.  The competition on the site has similar bleacher tickets listed for $4-$5 for most weekday games, and prices at or slightly below face value for many weekday games.

I sent Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro a tweet awhile ago, suggesting that instead of opening the gates at 4:30 for everyone, that they should just let season ticket holders in.  That way I’d be getting more value out of my tickets.  He never responded.  Shapiro is no Frank Coonelly.

So, when this postcard came in the mail the other day offering season ticket holders the chance to buy tickets in advance, I decided to jump on the opportunity to stock up on Red Sox, Yankee, and Opening Day tickets.

I spent my lunch break buying up tickets for Opening Day, and the Red Sox and Yankees series.  Unfortunately, the Indians use Ticketbast**d… I mean Ticketmaster – which rips off fans by charging random order processing and convenience fees.    In fact, my credit card put a freeze on my spending at one point because of all of the quick orders for a team outside of PA.  I had to spend a few minutes on the phone to unlock my card so I could finish my purchases.

By the way, it looks like anyone with the knowledge of a generic password can buy tickets from ticketmaster.  So, if you’re looking to buy Indians tickets early, let me know.

Anyhow, I guess we’ll see how this whole Indians season ticket thing turns out.

Also, the Indians posted their promotions for the 2012 season two days ago.

There’s bobblehead nights (Joe Carter, Carlos Baerga, Sandy Alomar Jr, and Asdrubal Cabrera).

Replica jersey days (Chris Perez, Justin Masterson, Carlos Santana and Charles Nagy).

Along with Dollar Dog nights, Student ID nights, Fireworks, and Tshirt giveaways.

Probably the most useful item that I’d want is the player calendar, which will be given away during the second game of the season.   That’s a 1:05 game.  The Pirates have a game at 7:05 the same day.  Hmmmm??

Anyhow, I thought I would throw this post just before midnight, so as to continue my 21 day posting streak.

There’s only 55 more days until Opening Day, 8 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and 2 days to win this Brandon Phillips jersey Tshirt.

6 Comments

I feel a lot better about your chances of breaking even or posting a profit on the Reds than the Tribe. I was wondering if you were going to get a blog entry in before the witching hour. Is PNC as sunny and hot as I have heard? It looks beautiful on TV and when I play there on MLB the Show for PSP.

Big Glove Bob

nice

I hope you get a return on your investment, Erik!
~Matt

It may be that I have always held in my head that buying season tickets is a major investment, but would never come to me to use the tickets this way. This isn’t meant to be an ” I told you so” moment, but this kind of doubt is why I could never plan to sell tickets on Stubhub to try and profit. Particularly when the plans start at about $1000.
-Mateo
http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

BGB,
PNC Park is extremely sunny, especially during BP. During batting practice, we directly face the sun, making tracking fly balls very difficult. If you forget your sunglasses, you’re pretty much screwed as far as snagging balls on the fly.

Matt,
Thanks, I have my fingers crossed.

Mateo,
It’s all going to come down to that ‘$2,000′ suite. If I can sell those 16 tickets for about $80 each, I’ll be ok. But, we’ll see.

love reading about this stuff-tried it with san fran tickets when they were bad a few yrs ago but were hosting all star game.

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