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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Reds 2, Astros 0, and 4 for $48 is back

Josh Hamilton homered in the fourth -- opposite shot to left. His fourth in 24 at-bats. Don't know if he used lower half or not. Do know it goes far when he hits it.



And maybe this will help with the attendance. From the Reds:

CINCINNATI - For the second straight season, the Cincinnati Reds are offering a “4 For $48” ticket program.

For just $48, Reds fans can purchase 4 View Level seats, 4 regular hot dogs and 4 24-ounce soft drinks for all games played Monday through Thursday.

New this season is a fan's choice to upgrade that package. For just $5 more per ticket, fans can select Mezzanine seats, while for just $12.50 more per ticket fans can select Field Box seats. Those upgraded ticket packages still include the 4 regular hot dogs and 4 24-ounce soft drinks.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of gameday online at reds.com, in person at the Great American Ball Park advance ticket windows and ticket kiosks or by calling (513) 381-REDS or toll free at (877) 647-REDS.

The offer is not available for Wednesday night bobblehead giveways on May 23 (Bronson Arroyo), June 3 (Aaron Harang), July 25 (Frank Robinson) and August 22 (Marty & Thom Brennaman).


5 Comments:

at 10:02 PM Blogger ScottyJ said...

Regarding tickets.....

Here's a novel idea. How 'bout pricing the seats correctly for EVERY GAME so folks that work for a living can come out to the GABP every once in a while??

The *ahem* specials are great, but ticket prices are waaay outta line, and not just at Great American.

If my wife and I want to take in a game, by the time I travel from Charleston, spend the night, buy tickets and eats, I'm dropping 300 bucks. Bring my 2 kids?? Forget it.

I can recall in the not-too-distant past (just before the strike) coming to a game and buying blue seats from a "ticket broker" on the street and paying 25 bucks for the best seat in the house. One time got 'em 6 rows from the on deck circle. That ticket now bought from the Reds, as far as I'm concerned, might as well be a bazillion dollars, 'cause no way in h*ll I can afford it.

Just one (long time) Reds fan's opinion.....

 
at 11:47 PM Blogger Scott Evans said...

scott, gotta disagree with you and others on ticket prices. For decent seats you are looking at most 40 bucks for you and your wife, not best seats in the house but very good seats (Moon deck or mezzanine). Park at Willie's and ride the big red bus for $2 ea. but get back dollar for dollar in food gift certificates to use next time you come to the ball park. You and your wife can then eat at Willies before the game for $23 including tip. Stay at the Motel 6 in Florence for 40/night.

Total cost: $84.00 plus gas.

 
at 6:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howabout an upgrade of the soft drinks to beer?

 
at 9:09 AM Blogger Scott said...

@scottyj
Seems like you have more of an issue with travel and hotel costs, than Reds ticket costs.

I can walk a few blocks from my downtown condo, plop down a $20 at the box office and get a great seat from the Mezzanine or the Sundeck pretty much any day I please. Seems pretty reasonable to me.

And you can keep your ticket scalping stories from horrible dungeon-esque Riverfront Stadium. That place was a pit. A game at beautiful GABP is actually and enjoyable, comfortable experience.

 
at 2:02 PM Blogger ScottyJ said...

Thanks for the tips, gang. Those might very well come in handy, but.....

In the '4 for 48' promotion, you can upgrade to Field Box for $12.50 more.

That makes a regularly priced $32 seat $24.50.

I know there are cheaper tickets, but if I'm going to the game, I wanna feel like I'm 'at the game'.

Regardless of where you are, prices of tickets, concessions and souvenirs ARE cost prohibitive to a large group of fans.

Last year (1st trip to GABP), my wife wanted a daiquiri and I got a draft Christian Moerlien(sp?). The guy hands us our drinks and says (with a straight face), "That'll be $14.50." I nearly passed out.

Kids, when 2 drinks at the ballpark cost $14.50, prices are too d@mn high.

 
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