The Future Is Dynamic

Now here’s something you won’t see given to A’s fans for a long time. It’s the Giants’ current ticket pricing list, with different prices set per series or even per game within a series. Don’t worry that the resolution of the table is too low to be legible, here’s the PDF.

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As complex as that is, it’s just the start. All unsold tickets are subject to market pricing, so that higher demand can lead to even higher prices. Here’s the Giants’ disclaimer:

Market pricing applies to all tickets.
Rates can fluctuate based on factors affecting supply and demand.
Lock in your price and location today!

Crazy? Well, it’s the future. Not every team will go to such extremes, but it’s still a way for any team to eek out as much revenue from ticket-buying fans as possible.

18 thoughts on “The Future Is Dynamic

  1. Interesting. Of course the Dodgers and Redsox games have the highest ticket prices, but so do the A’s.
    Either fans who hate the Coli and want to see them in a nice park or the bay bridge rivalry thing, which isn’t what it use to be.

  2. Holy shit. $42 is the cheapest ticket for any of the 3 Red Sox games.

    • Holy shit.$42 is the cheapest ticket for any of the 3 Red Sox games.

      Well, if your stadium is going to fill up with a bunch of annoying front-runner Sawx fans, why not screw them out of a few more bucks.

  3. Between 1999 and 2000, I recall the Giants keeping ticket prices about the same. It’s a good bet the A’s will drop $2 Wednesdays when they move into their new yard, but I hope they can keep bleacher seats below $15 for the first few seasons.

    Ticket prices from around the league are discouraging. Whenever I’m looking at tickets in Seattle or Anaheim I’m reminded at how lucky we are as A’s fans. Well, I don’t know if “lucky” is the right word, but you get what I mean?

  4. On May 18 I will embark with a few friends on a 6 day trip to see 6 ballparks (Camden, Citizen’s Bank, Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, PNC, Target Field). The tickets for Citi field are by far the most expensive because it is a Yankee game and those games are not available through the box office for single game purchase. I bought the tickets through stub hub before opening day for $105 each and through the Mets platinum season ticket holder price they go for $27 (the tickets ended up coming from the Mets box office)! I will be sitting in the upper deck, section 501. Now that is an expensive ticket! The cheapest tickets will be at PNC. Camden we will be buying day of game. The stadium situation is a double edged sword for us A’s fans. Old park… cheap prices, New park…more expensive. Ticket pricing for Target field seems resonable. I hope that is indicative of what we will see with a new A’s ballpark. I do think that if the A’s can hang in the race and MLB can make an f-ing decision on a ballpark, we will see attendance increase slightly this year and more next year.

  5. @Bay Area A’s–Target Field was publically financed—proposed Cisco Field will be privately financed–expect tix prices like ATT because of this—no one is going to give away $500M of their own money without some expectation of return.

    Personally, prefer to pay the higher price to have a quality venue and the opportunity to keep talent. Those who bitch and moan about lack of quality talent but want to see low tix prices are living in a delusional world–unless you can get taxpayers to fund a new ballpark…which will never happen in Cali

  6. I try to make it to AT&T for one or two games of the A’s series each year. I suspect there are many other A’s fans who do the same: take advantage of a rare opportunity to see our team play in a pleasant venue.

    • I try to make it to AT&T for one or two games of the A’s series each year. I suspect there are many other A’s fans who do the same: take advantage of a rare opportunity to see our team play in a pleasant venue.

      AT&T is just a few minutes from my place, so I love walking down to Market in my A’s gear and hopping on MUNI to find a train full of orange & black. Though, you still see your fair share of green & gold which is awesome. I snoozed this year and by the time I remember to buy tickets, the price had inflated ridiculously. I’m not paying nearly $40 for a nose-bleed seat to a single game. Factor in multiple tickets for your party and you’ve got yourself one expensive day. Instead, I just bought more tickets at the Coliseum for random games later in the year.

      I’m going to the 5/22 Bay Bridge game at the Coliseum, so I’m looking forward to seeing how many A’s fans will be BARTing across the bay.

  7. While I hesitate to ever set foot in Pac Bell, I have already gone to see the A’s 2x this season down in Anaheim for the same reason, to see them in a more pleasant venue. It’s particularly sad though in Anaheim as their 1966 vintage stadium today could pass for one of the more modern Camdenesque stadiums. Meanwhile the A’s 1966 vintage stadium is, with the demise of the Metrodome, the worst stadium in Major League Baseball. It’s amazing the paths both stadiums took. Today Angel Stadium is arguably nicer than when it opened 45 years ago, particularly after the renovation in the mid 90’s, while the Coliseum was destroyed by its “renovation” in the mid 90’s and has been in a death spiral ever since.

  8. GoA’s, ticket prices have little to nothing to do with team costs. If the A’s can get $20 a bleacher ticket, they’ll charge that. If they can get $40, they’ll charge that. Do you really think that you’ll have Wolff saying, “Gee, I could sell out the bleachers at a price of $40 a ticket, but since the taxpayers paid for the ballpark, I’ll be nice and only charge $20”? They’re not going to turn down free money out of the goodness of their hearts. Simple supply and demand.

    The Giants grid shows just how desparate some teams are to not underprice their product.

    Anyone know if Giants prices ever go down (say, if a game was selling slower than expected)?

  9. the context was around Target Field pricing being cheaper–if taxpayers are already footing the bill it takes significant pressure off of a team to recover “mortgage expenses” to the tune of $15-$20M per year. In the latter case you don’t have a choice—while in a publically financed ballpark a team may hold back a bit on the actual “market rate” of a ticket—

  10. Briggs,
    I was at AT&T a few weeks ago for an outing with my wife’s family. A’s weren’t playing, but I wore my green and gold anyway. Giant’s fans were surprisingly feisty; I took a fair amount of verbal abuse even though I was there with young children. Pretty easy to win those arguments though (“1989,” “4-0”).
    If you’re interested in seeing the Bay Bridge series in SF, check out StubHub. You can currently do a lot better than $40 for a nosebleed, especially for the Friday night game. I lot of the sellers are season ticket holders, and a fair number sell at or near the season ticket holder price even when the variable pricing goes up.
    Good luck.

    • @ bartleby

      Thanks for the Stub Hub tip. I’ve known of it, but I guess this is the perfect time to use it.

      Concerning Giants fans; it’s a real buzz kill when some rival fans get abusive. I guess it really comes down to the luck of who else sits around you. Personally, I enjoy sitting next to a rival fan. In April, I sat next to brothers who were on a ballpark tour. It was funny hearing them complain about their M’s drafting Brandon Morrow over Tim Lincecum.

      Many seasons ago as a kid with my younger brother, we when to a preseason Bay Bridge game (per Inter-League) at the ‘Stick in the Upper Reserve. It was just the two of us and maybe 4k other people battling the wind and low-50’s temperature. We had a good back and forth with a Giants family (who were the next section over, but still the closes group to us). Somewhere around the 7th inning, a vendor came up and gave us some personal pizzas. The Giants family dad yelled out, “Even A’s fans gotta eat.” That was really great of them, and that memory has stuck with me.

  11. That’s one reason I always go to see games in Anaheim over SF. The Angels fans are surprisingly friendly to A’s fans. Don’t really say much of anything despite being division rivals. Far cry from Giants fans who can’t hide how green with envy they are.

  12. @Dan I go watch the A’s at least once or twice a season down in SoCal and the fans in Anaheim are just different from most. Angel fans are more relax and it seems more of a family environment, the worse heckling I got was, “The A’s stink!” or something along those lines.

    I do go to more Dodgers games down here, I would say those fans are as rowdy as Giant fans but still both are not even close to Bosox or Yankee fans.

  13. I beg to differ daveinsm. I attended a game at Angel stadium with a few of my buddies a couple of years ago and some punk ass Angel fan through a plastic give-away noise maker/clapper that hit the side of one of my boy’s face. My buddy then stood up and turned around and said, “who the f*ck through that?!” We dared anyone to admit to it and of course no one did. We were getting ready to beat that fools ass! On top of that, we heard a bunch racial comments directed towards us since we were with majority Asians. So when security came, they directed their aggression at us. We told them what happened and security even had the nerve to say to us, “Not in my house.” Can you believe that shit?!

    I say to hell with Angels, their fans and their security!!

  14. Anaheim has a pretty bad rep for fan behavior. There was the guy who threw something (a bottle?) at Mike Piazza. There was a guy killed in the stands once (i think it was last season).
    .
    Like anywhere, a few dumb asses can screw it up for everyone.

  15. Yes. A few bad seeds can give any team’s fanbase a bad reputation. Oakland is no exception. In 2006, early in the season the Tigers were in town. I was in the LF bleachers. A row behind me were some frat-type bro’s obviously drunk routing for Detroit. A few rows in front of me were some East Bay guys you just didn’t want to mess with. A long story short, the Frat boys and East Bay guys started yelling at each other. It started small but escalated throughout the innings.

    As stupid as this sounds, the one of the Frat boys threw some nachos down at the East Bay guys and then everything got violent. The bystander fans in the rows between them cleared out of there fast. It was pretty gruesome. The seating rows don’t give much space to maneuver so you can image what it’s like when two groups of large grown men get in a brawl in such a small space. Security got involved, but not before there were some broken noses and chipped teeth.

    No one was in the right. The Frat boys were being absolutely obnoxious but the East Bay guys really didn’t have to retaliate so extremely. In either case, it was just a bad scene that happened at an A’s game and isn’t representative of the A’s fanbase on a whole.

    On a side-note, the A’s were blown out. If you told me then that these two teams would eventually meet in the ALCS last that season, I’d think you were mad. Getting back to baseball, 2006 was hands-down my favorite season beginning to end. The Cisco Field press conference later that November was just the cherry on top. Wow. How things can change.

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