Playoff Tickets

Playoff Tickets

Post by Allen Cla » Thu, 01 Oct 1992 21:03:27


Well I received my tickets to game one of the ALCS at Skydome
yesterday and I have a few comments on the process the Blue Jays used
to offer them to the public.

1) For the regular season good and bad seats are offered to the
public, when the playoffs roll around the average guy gets offered the
***(believe me in Skydome the ***is CRAP!!).

2) I shelled out $24.00 (CDN) for a ticket that is $4.00 in the
regular season. (I know the league sets the prices but WOW, I wonder
what the $17.50 or $22.00 tix go for?)

3) If the Jays do not make the playoffs I do not get a full refund (I
lose an admin. fee)

4) They did not accept any credit cards or personal cheques.  This
forced me to spend even more money on a money order.

5) Here is the kicker, the one that is unbelievable...I had to include
a stamped addressed envelope!  They would not even send me the tix
($0.42 for a stamp).  

I gues the Blue Jays want to save every precious $1.00 to pump back
into the organization to pay the millionaires for next year...

However, I am thrilled to be going to game 1 of the ALCS and would do
it all again to get tickets.  I guess if there were less saps like
myself they might be forced to improve the process.

Sigh...the plight of a baseball fan.
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Post by Russ Smi » Fri, 02 Oct 1992 05:57:50

Quote:

>That's unfortunate, but not that unusual.  For sales to the general public
>(i.e. not season ticket holders) many teams use a ticket agency these days.
>We bought LCS and World Series tickets for the A's through BASS yesterday,
>when the remaining tickets went on public sale, and paid a $5/order service
>charge (we have more than one order because we wanted to buy more than the
>6 ticket/order limit).  That service charge is not refundable.

Season ticket holders get theirs in the mail in nice obvious envelopes.
Ours left the last digit off our apartment number so it went to apartment
1 instead of ours. Lucky for us she gave us the tickets.

We got through to BASS to get extra tickets over the weekend(they make
tickets available to season ticket holders first) and like you said you
have to pay the BASS charge.

*Had to pay with money order deleted**

Quote:
>That's pretty unusual.

For BASS yes, for season ticket holders no. Our tickets from being season
ticket holders had to be paid with a cashiers check or money order. the
extra ones we bought we charged to a credit card because it was through
BASS.

Not only do you have to pay the $5.90 for Fed Ex charges, but BASS will
only send the tickets to your home address via Fed Ex. I know I will be
at work when they come, nobody will be in the managers office, and we will
end up having to go to a crowded fed ex office after work to get our
tickets. They would not send it to my work address where we get fed ex
every day.

Oh well at least I got tickets.

Russ Smith

 
 
 

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Post by Sherri Nicho » Fri, 02 Oct 1992 05:15:30

Quote:

>2) I shelled out $24.00 (CDN) for a ticket that is $4.00 in the
>regular season. (I know the league sets the prices but WOW, I wonder
>what the $17.50 or $22.00 tix go for?)

The ticket prices for the LCS range from $20 to $40 (US), while for the
World Series they range from $25 to $60 (US).

Quote:
>3) If the Jays do not make the playoffs I do not get a full refund (I
>lose an admin. fee)

That's unfortunate, but not that unusual.  For sales to the general public
(i.e. not season ticket holders) many teams use a ticket agency these days.
We bought LCS and World Series tickets for the A's through BASS yesterday,
when the remaining tickets went on public sale, and paid a $5/order service
charge (we have more than one order because we wanted to buy more than the
6 ticket/order limit).  That service charge is not refundable.

Quote:
>4) They did not accept any credit cards or personal cheques.  This
>forced me to spend even more money on a money order.

That's pretty unusual.

Quote:
>5) Here is the kicker, the one that is unbelievable...I had to include
>a stamped addressed envelope!  They would not even send me the tix
>($0.42 for a stamp).  

We had to either pay $6.00 for Federal Express delivery, or pick the
tickets up in person (the person who actually placed the order has to pick
the tickets up, because they require a photo id).

Sherri Nichols


 
 
 

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Post by Darrell Raymo » Sat, 03 Oct 1992 01:36:39

Quote:

> 4) They did not accept any credit cards or personal cheques.  This
> forced me to spend even more money on a money order.

  Count yourself lucky.  The stupid post office that made out my money
orders reversed the day and the month, thus issuing me monery orders dated
for the 9th day of the 13th month.  The Jays ticket office called me up
and offered to send the tickets only if they got another money order within
two days.  So it cost me another $10 in courier and money order fees, and
for a while there I had $600 invested in money orders.

  Now the interesting part will be convincing Canada Post that they should
refund not only the value of the money order, but also the fee they levied
to issue it.

-Darrell.

 
 
 

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Post by GILMORE,JOHN » Sat, 03 Oct 1992 22:14:33

     Use of money orders or cashier's checks for playoff tickets isn't that
unusal when you buy the tickets direct from the team versus a ticket agency.
The Braves last year required a cashier's check or money order for the tickets
they sold to season ticket holders and special team booster groups.

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Post by GEOFFREY E DI » Sat, 03 Oct 1992 23:07:48

Quote:

>Well I received my tickets to game one of the ALCS at Skydome
>yesterday and I have a few comments on the process the Blue Jays used
>to offer them to the public.

>1) For the regular season good and bad seats are offered to the
>public, when the playoffs roll around the average guy gets offered the
>***(believe me in Skydome the ***is CRAP!!).

        I got my tickets for game 1 on Tuesday, way up in section 541. It
doesn't surprise me since I somehow get that particular section in all
of the 5 games I've gone to this year!

Quote:
>2) I shelled out $24.00 (CDN) for a ticket that is $4.00 in the
>regular season. (I know the league sets the prices but WOW, I wonder
>what the $17.50 or $22.00 tix go for?)

        There were 2 set prices, I think the other was $36. It covers the
area in the skydeck around the bases. The $24 price covers the outfield skydeck
and the seats just above the wall. I think the lower infield area was for
season ticket holders.  

Quote:
>5) Here is the kicker, the one that is unbelievable...I had to include
>a stamped addressed envelope!  They would not even send me the tix
>($0.42 for a stamp).  

        I was told that I didn't have to do this. I just mailed in the form,
and they sent me the tickets, with they supplying postage and envelope.
 
 
 

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Post by Scott Barm » Sun, 04 Oct 1992 02:49:53

Quote:

>Well I received my tickets to game one of the ALCS at Skydome
>yesterday and I have a few comments on the process the Blue Jays used
>to offer them to the public.

>1) For the regular season good and bad seats are offered to the
>public, when the playoffs roll around the average guy gets offered the
>***(believe me in Skydome the ***is CRAP!!).

The Blue Jays do not set the primary seating policies.  There are
minimums that have to be met for the league and MLB, including tickets
for the families of players and other VIPs.  After that, the Jays
probably offered additional seats to their full season ticket holders
(providing they have other plans, like most other teams).  After that,
their other plan holders are offered tickets before the public gets
their chances.  Needless to say, you're among the last to get a shot at
tickets.  In many ways you should feel a bit luckey they didn't sell out
to season plan holders (which they could do if the league and MLB did
not set minimums that they have to offer to the public).

Quote:
>2) I shelled out $24.00 (CDN) for a ticket that is $4.00 in the
>regular season. (I know the league sets the prices but WOW, I wonder
>what the $17.50 or $22.00 tix go for?)

The revenues for the first four games of each playoff series and the
World Series determines the "prize" money each team will share.  It is
suspected that the WS winner should take home nearly $100,000 per share.
The balance gets distributed to the teams with those involved getting
more (obviously).

Quote:
>3) If the Jays do not make the playoffs I do not get a full refund (I
>lose an admin. fee)

Did you buy it from the Blue Jays directly or a ticket service?  Here in
New York, Ticketron (now defunct) sold the Mets' post season tickets to
the public in 1988.  They had a $2 per ticket surcharge which was
non-refundable.  As a season plan holder, I had bought my tickets
directly from the Mets and there was no extra charges (except shipping).

Quote:
>4) They did not accept any credit cards or personal cheques.  This
>forced me to spend even more money on a money order.

This must be the policy of whom you bought your tickets from.  Find out
first before blaming the Blue Jays.

Quote:
>5) Here is the kicker, the one that is unbelievable...I had to include
>a stamped addressed envelope!  They would not even send me the tix
>($0.42 for a stamp).  

That's OK, the Mets charged us shipping for registered mail.  This was
not the ticket service but the Mets' ticket office themselves!

Quote:
>I gues the Blue Jays want to save every precious $1.00 to pump back
>into the organization to pay the millionaires for next year...

Not really, this is typical practice.  In fact, I am charged a $10
shipping and handling fee on my season plan tickets, so I'm not
surprised.  Besides, when was the last time your ordered something
through the mail and did not pay a shipping charge?

Quote:
>However, I am thrilled to be going to game 1 of the ALCS and would do
>it all again to get tickets.  I guess if there were less saps like
>myself they might be forced to improve the process.

Not really.  They are not doing anything different than many mail order
companies do.  If you look at it like that then there should be a better
understanding of the process.

Quote:
>Sigh...the plight of a baseball fan.

Hey, be happy... at least your team is going to post season, not
fighting to stay out of the cellar!!
--
scott barman                    | <This space intentionally left blank>

 (I can barely speak for myself, you expect me to speak for my employer??)
 
 
 

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Post by Dave Ti » Tue, 06 Oct 1992 23:38:25

Quote:

>Well I received my tickets to game one of the ALCS at Skydome
>yesterday and I have a few comments on the process the Blue Jays used
>to offer them to the public.

>1) For the regular season good and bad seats are offered to the
>public, when the playoffs roll around the average guy gets offered the
>***(believe me in Skydome the ***is CRAP!!).

Now *there's* a man who's forgotten all about Exhibition Stadium.
It's true that some seats in the SkyDome (slogan:  "The Ballpark You're
Still Paying For") are not exactly close to home plate.  However, in the
Dome you're never stuck with:

-- Seats 600+ feet away from the plate:  the far end of the North Grandstand at
Exhibition Stadium sloped away from the field.  To really know what was
going on, it was best to bring a radio to the game.
-- Seats facing at right-angles to home plate:  the first-base and
right-field benches faced the football field, not the baseball diamond.
Guaranteed to leave you with a crick in your neck.  No fun at all.

Compared to this, the SkyDome is the epitome of luxury.  (Even the SkyDome
food is better, despite being all McFood.  Exhibition Stadium hot dogs
and the house specialty -- freshly chilled pizza -- left a bad taste in the
mouth, and usually resulted in two days' worth of stomach cramps.)

Quote:
>3) If the Jays do not make the playoffs I do not get a full refund (I
>lose an admin. fee)

>4) They did not accept any credit cards or personal cheques.  This
>forced me to spend even more money on a money order.

>5) Here is the kicker, the one that is unbelievable...I had to include
>a stamped addressed envelope!  They would not even send me the tix
>($0.42 for a stamp).  

It is a gross hassle (and I speak as someone who just went through it
myself).  However, look at it from the Jays' point of view:  every baseball
fan in Southern Ontario (and some outside it) who has $24 to spend will
have rushed their order form into the Jays' ticket office on the *same day*.
I wouldn't be surprised if there were hundreds of thousands of requests,
all of which have to be either filled or returned before this coming
Wednesday.  The only way this can be accomplished is to streamline the
entire process.

Quote:
>I gues the Blue Jays want to save every precious $1.00 to pump back
>into the organization to pay the millionaires for next year...

Well, if they didn't pay the millionaires what they wanted, there
wouldn't be any post-season games to go to...

Quote:
>However, I am thrilled to be going to game 1 of the ALCS and would do
>it all again to get tickets.

Me too.  I'm going to games 1 and 2 (my first ALCS games in person since
1985).  I'm looking forward to when they introduce the teams before
the start of game 1:  it'll be quite a rush.

--Dave "bring on the *** Oaklands!" Till