Interested in Orioles tickets? In the next week and a half you will have an opportunity to purchase single-game tickets for all Orioles games, except, of course, for Opening Day.
Tickets for sixteen home games at the Orioles’ new Spring Training home in Sarasota, Florida go on sale Saturday, January 16th at 10 a.m. The Spring Training season begins on March 3rd. A press release with complete schedule and ticket information is available here.
On January 23rd the Orioles will host Fan Fest at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This annual event was being held immediately prior to the start of the regular season the last several years, but this year it is once again a winter event. For Fan Fest tickets and information check out the Fan Fest press release here.
Single-game regular season tickets will go on sale on January 23rd as well, beginning at 10 a.m. The regular season begins on Friday, April 9th with a 3:05 contest against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Unfortunately, the Orioles typically make single-game sales for Opening Day nearly impossible. In a cynical effort to boost sales for additional early season games, the Orioles only offer Opening Day tickets as a part of multi-game packs. The holiday four-pack, for example, allows fans to purchase tickets for Opening Day along with three additional April or May tickets.
In 2008, this resulted in an embarrassing number of empty seats for the Orioles Opening Day contest against the Tampa Bay Rays. The team was likely spared another sparsely-attended Opening Day in 2009 due to the fact that they were hosting the New York Yankees.
Of course, all of the Orioles’ ticket sales woes would be resolved if they put a winning team on the field. Fans are excited about the young talent being showcased on this team, but thus far this offseason the team hasn’t exactly inspired confidence that a winning 2010 is a priority. At the moment, Michael Aubrey and Garrett Atkins are penciled in as starting corner infielders.
Meanwhile, the club that makes tickets to their once-proud Opening Day “event” game an unsolvable mystery, has, in the last two season, opened up hundreds of tickets to September games for a $1 apiece.
The club that won’t let fans see the club in person on Opening Day practically gives tickets away in September, when the team is shutting down starters and playing the best players the AAA Norfolk Tide can offer.
For an example of cynical baseball business practices, look no further than Orioles ticket sales. If the club wanted to garner some much-needed good will with the community, they would put Opening Day tickets on sale at 10 a.m. January 23rd. If the team plays well, they won’t have to connive fans into buying tickets to additional games.
Don’t hold your breath.