June 2011

Predicting the Future

As mentioned on our @ticketservices Twitter feed, Gio Gonzalez was on last night’s Season Ticket commemorative ticket stock. Every offseason, shortly before the thick of the holiday season, a few of us in the Ticket Operations Department pour over photos, creating a theme, and assigning each photo to specific games throughout the season. We want each ticket to be unique and we hope that each ticket will be memorable. Consolidated Printing, the company that prints the tickets, then helps with the design. We recently placed Trevor Cahill on a night that he pitched, similar to Gio’s ticket last night. Boy, did Gio pitch a gem last night or what? A leadoff hit by the Marlins and then not another the rest of the night. A’s win 1-0. We called that one in December.

Print@Home Tickets Now Free

The Oakland A’s have long offered print at home tickets to fans purchasing online and by phone for a small per order charge. We’re pleased to report, as of yesterday, single game ticket buyers have the opportunity to print tickets at home for free. Our desire is to allow fans, especially tech savvy fans, the best ticket purchase, ticket delivery, and gate entry experience possible. When ordering single game tickets select “Print At Home” for $0. Your confirmation screen, as well as a follow up email, will contain links to print your tickets onto 8.5” x 11” paper. Be sure that the barcode on each ticket is legible. Bring your printed papers to the game and the barcodes are scanned for entry. You never have to see a ticket operations employee at the Box Office or at Will Call. But if you want to stop by and say “Hello, Go A’s!” we won’t stop you.

Parking Advisory for A’s vs. Giants Series

A helpful heads up A’s fans… parking for the weekend series vs. the San Francisco Giants will be a little different. Parking lot staff will be directing automobiles into specific rows and spaces. We do this so that we can fit as many vehicles into the parking lot as possible for these capacity crowds. On Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT we sent a message to all fans with email that have tickets to these games. Here’s the information from the email

“In order to provide as much on-site parking as possible for the sold out A’s vs. Giants series, A’s staff will be directing parking lot traffic during the June 17-19 games. Vehicles will be waved into specific rows in the parking lot. Once rows are filled, fans can tailgate in the lanes. The A’s recommend traveling to the Coliseum by BART. If arriving by vehicle, the A’s recommend early arrival. Parking is $17.”   

Enjoy the A’s vs. Giants series Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19. Go A’s! 

Follow the A’s on Twitter, Save $ on July 4 Tickets

We’ve encouraged you to follow the A’s on social media before, but for the first time new followers will directly result in a decreased ticket price. Yesterday at midnight we recorded the number of followers that the @Athletics Twitter feed. It was 18,118. Over the next week, every 100 new followers will reduce the price of 4th of July Field Level tickets by $1. Get the full scoop. 

For example, if 600+ new followers (or 18,718+ total followers) are signed up to follow the @Athletics feed, then the price of the $26 Field Level ticket will drop $6 to a new cost of $20.

“Follow & Save” ends Monday, June 20 at 10am PT. By 11am that morning we’ll provide the online coupon code for redemption of the new July 4 game ticket price. It’s a “Follow Friday” every day this week at @Athletics y’all!

A’s & JibJab Take You Out To The Ball Game

JibJab and Major League Baseball have teamed up to create an animated video for “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” Teams were approached months ago about the concept and were able to provide feedback. The final result turned out great. You should know that the A’s really pushed for white cleats in our video. Don’t let the black shoes dampen your viewing experience.   

First check out our Ticket Services video, featuring Andrew, Catherine, John, Josh, and Lauren. Then create a video of your own with your friends, family, and co-workers. You can even post your link in the comments section below. We promise to watch it.