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05-16-2012 10:24 AM #466Released Released
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Why do the Orioles consider the Red Sox and Yankees to be "prime" opponents?
- Is it because they usually have a good record?
Why aren't the Rays a "prime" team?
- Is it because they have a lot of fans?
The Minnesota Twins rank 3rd in the AL for largest fan base behind the Red Sox and Yankees. Why aren't they a "prime" team?
- Is it because they are division rivals?
Why aren't the Blue Jays and Rays considered "prime" teams?
prime [prahym] adjective, noun, verb
1. of the first importance; demanding the fullest consideration: a prime requisite.
2. of the greatest relevance or significance: a prime example.
3. of the highest eminence or rank: the prime authority on Chaucer.
4. of the greatest commercial value: prime building lots.
5. first-rate: This ale is prime!
Referring to certain opponents as "prime" is a symptom of a losing culture. Orioles fans don't think the Yankees and Red Sox are "prime" teams. It caters to the Red Sox and Yankees and it's condescending to the Orioles and the rest of teams we play. Any game that the Orioles play in should be considered a "prime" game. If only some of the games are "prime", then it makes you look like you don't think the Orioles are "prime".
Get rid of "prime" games, or at least stop calling them "prime games". Call them "rivalry games" or "top seller games". Pick a term that doesn't inadvertently insult the Orioles.
05-16-2012 11:46 AM #467
05-16-2012 12:09 PM #468
I hated and still do hate the answer to the gameday surcharge questions, and I still hate that fee. But other than that I think they've answered questiosn well, even if I've disagreed with their responses.
I would also like piggyback on the question about a family-friendly section.
05-16-2012 12:44 PM #469
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05-16-2012 12:51 PM #471Hall of Fame
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05-16-2012 01:07 PM #472
We get it, they're taking advantage of the fact that the tix in NY and BOS are so expensive that people will actually come down to see them in Camden Yards before seeing them in their own park. That's smart business... if you like ticking off your fanbase. NY and BOS games are not exactly enjoyable games to be apart of. Exactly who are they "prime" for?
05-16-2012 02:35 PM #473
The poster points out that the Nats tried their take back the yard. I was there in the Saturday game between Phils and Nats. The stadium was not sold out and there we hoards of Philly fans.
The O's last year advertised their paint the yard orange and black campaign. I'm not sure what else people want.
O's fans... Just buy tickets and show-up. It's that simple. The O's side of the equation is fielding a quality time.
What else do you want the O's to do?
05-16-2012 02:50 PM #474
From The Orioles
Student Night Tickets
Some of you had a question about our recent Student Night tickets selling out. Student Night tickets are officially only for the Left Field Upper Reserve location, of which there are several thousand seats each game. Beyond that requirement, however, we still sell several thousand more regular Upper Reserve tickets to students at the reduced $6 rate. Eventually, though, there comes a point when all tickets that could possibly be used for student tickets are sold.
As you can see on our promotions schedule (http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/sch...s.jsp?c_id=bal), we clearly indicate that this is for LF Upper Reserve seats and is subject to availability. Just click on any of the AT&T Student Nights on any Friday and the following pops up:
AT&T Student Night Every Friday, students of any age with a valid school I.D. can purchase LF Upper Reserve seats for just $6 at the Oriole Park Box Office. (Subject to availability.)
Once we run out of the original allotment of LF Upper Reserve tickets (which includes the entire seating category, not just a portion of those sections) and our secondary locations in the corners of the regular Upper Reserve, we offer the next least expensive ticket to students. This past Friday that was an $18 ticket. While you may see empty seats in the LF Upper Reserve area, every seat is sold and it is simply students who have elected to watch the game from an SRO location such as the Roof Deck or Flag Court, or socialize on Eutaw Street or in the concourses.
Several seasons ago we tried selling $6 tickets to students into other areas of the ballpark where non-students were sitting, and this only caused problems and friction. We found selling $6 tickets to students in areas where tickets were $25 or more in value upset far more fans than the new policy, which is implemented only after the many thousands of student tickets are depleted.
Whenever we are running low on student tickets heading into a game, we are sure to encourage students to purchase in advance (which can be done at the box office) or to arrive early on gameday. As was the case, students who arrived prior to 7:45 (40 minutes into the game) received a $6 ticket, while those who arrived later found them sold out. As is the case with any promotion, the tickets are available while supplies last.
Looking ahead to the Student Night on June 8 vs. the Phillies, any student interested in purchasing tickets is advised to do so as soon as possible at the box office (or if you have a group of 12 or more by calling 888-848-BIRD) as student tickets will definitely sell out.
Vendors & Possible Family Section
We will pass along your comments about a lack of variety of vendors at the game you attended recently to Delaware North Sportservice. We watched throughout the lower level during Tuesday's game and saw not only beer vendors, but plenty of bottled soda/water, hot dogs, cotton candy, lemon ice, and peanuts being vended.
We have considered a family section at the ballpark but have found little demand for it when we studied the possibility. For the most part, the behavior of our fans is extremely family-friendly, so we haven't felt the need for such a section. An alcohol-free section, which could be considered a family section, is a possibility and is something we will continue to explore. While not completely alcohol-free, the Left Field Club Picnic Perch is an option for many families, as there are unlimited select concessions items (hotdogs, salad, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, ice cream and soda) available behind the seats until the 7th inning. Alcohol is available for purchase separately, though there are no vendors in the area.
Last edited by Official Orioles; 05-16-2012 at 02:54 PM.
05-16-2012 08:07 PM #475Hall of Fame
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05-17-2012 07:08 AM #476
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05-17-2012 07:12 AM #478
And if you are only going to have beer vendors walk around the stadium would it kill you to have one or two of them sell craft beer?
05-17-2012 07:17 AM #479
05-17-2012 07:28 AM #480