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I see where the misunderstanding is
Again, I know I haven’t articulated myself as clearly as I should have. As far as what I wrote in the recap, I think we’d all agree we’re mostly trying to get through these things as briskly as possible these days. I’ll go into more detail here.
It sounds like you’re assuming that I buy a nosebleed and move down to field level. I don’t and have never. I’m not saying that I’m going to buy a $10 nosebleed and park myself right behind home plate in the lower section. I’m not that much of an entitled ass.
However, I’m not above buying a $10 ticket in section 135 off the secondary market and bouncing around between 134, 133, 136, 111, 112, 110, etc, row 30 dependent on where I feel comfortable on a Wednesday afternoon with ~2,000 in attendance. That’s what I’m discussing here.
We both agree that if someone is buying a $10 nosebleed but is instead sitting right behind home plate or field level that is indeed tacky. What I was referring to in the recap was more along the lines of "why does the team give a damn if I’m sitting in row 25 of whatever section in the lower level with nobody in attendance?" Be grateful that I’m there.
Now if you take exception with that stance too then I’m likely to just stop responding because we’re not going to agree.
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I think you’re assigning the label of entitled to the wrong entity
Taking their claimed attendance of 8k at face value (and we all know that figure includes paid attendance not actual rears in seats) what’s the big to do about where people are sitting in a stadium that isn’t 20% full?
When the stadium is closer to 50% capacity I can see why it should be a bigger issue to make sure people are sitting where they belong. I agree with that.
If it were me in charge of ticket sales, I’d be lowering the prices and running all kinds of promotions to get as many people in the stands. Once demand improves, then you raise price of admissions and enforce the assigned seating. I think the last such promotion I saw by the team was $10 tickets or so to celebrate Tyler Gilbert’s no hitter. After fees it comes closer to $20. I can buy a ticket day of off the secondary market for a fraction of that cost. Why wasn’t the team directly, not the secondary market but the team, selling $5 tickets today? I guarantee you the stadium still would not have come close to capacity, but the surely would have had a better argument to enforce assigned seating.
It’s just goofy action by these teams. I think you’re assigning the wrong party as entitled in the environment we saw today. This kind of mentality will ensure that fan interest in baseball continues to deteriorate.
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Just want to add to the conversation on attendance and assigned seating
11. Royals (14,313)
10. Indians (14,088)
9. M’s (13,661)
8. Tigers (13,267)
7. D-Backs (12,622)
6. Pirates (10,385)
5. O’s (10,217)
4. A’s (8,857)
3. Rays (8,609)
2. Blue Jays (8,174)
1. Marlins (7,909).
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) September 9, 2021
Also saw separately that Baltimore broke their record two nights in a row for lowest attendance at Camden yards two nights in a row, both under 5,000.
Further, a fan at the Pirates game today said he was also kicked out of a section because his seat was further down the foul line. The section he was kicked out of was completely empty. Their attendance today, against the Detroit Tigers mind you, was just over 8,300.
I acknowledge that there is an argument to be made that fans pay good money for premium seats, and if it is a free for all in the stands that isn’t fair to them. I get that. I know that part of the attendance problem this season can be blamed on COVID.
But my point is that it is really, really, fricking tacky for teams to be strictly enforcing assigned seating in mostly empty stadiums. Ticket prices are unrealistic for these mostly empty stadiums to begin with.
I know this is a poorly articulated and probably unpopular opinion, but it seems to be a popular topic of discussion today.
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