After a three-year hiatus, A’s FanFest is back! Mark your calendars for January 29th from 10AM-2PM. During the 2012 season we’re honoring the 1972 World Series team and the 20-win streak team from 2002. It’s an honor to have players from both of those teams along with a cast of current A’s players and coaches at FanFest. A’s fans of all ages will get a chance to interact with their favorite A’s from past and present. The event will be indoors at the Oracle Arena, right next to the Coliseum. Here are some other features this year:
- Free Autographs
- Free Q&A Sessions
- Free pictures with the four A’s World Series trophies
- Memorabilia sale to benefit the A’s Community Fund
- Free Parking
FanFest tickets are only $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 14. For more information or to purchase 2012 FanFest tickets, please click HERE. Current A’s Season Ticket Holders can request complimentary tickets by submitting their RSVP HERE. This also marks the first day of individual tickets going on sale at the A’s Box Office. Tickets will go on sale at 10AM. See you out here on January 29th!
While those of us in the Ticket Operations Department are most fond of the @ticketservices Twitter handle – your official Oakland A’s Twitter feed for ticket information – the A’s have a few other official Twitter feeds, most notably @Athletics and @OaklandAs. This week you may notice a gravitation toward @Athletics and away from @OaklandAs. We’ve done this for two main reasons. First, Major League Baseball created @Athletics as an RSS feed a couple years ago, providing news updates on the Oakland A’s. @OaklandAs was also created a couple years ago as a more personalized form of communication. Some news, some giveaways, mostly general communication with fans. The hash tag “Athletics” (ie: #Athletics) is far and away more popular than #OaklandAs (apostrophes just don’t work well with Twitter hash tags). The second reason for the switch was fan confusion. Both @Athletics and @OaklandAs were deemed the “official” Twitter handle of the Oakland A’s. But @Athletics got more publication recognition because it falls in line with the rest of club handles (ie: @Angels, @Mariners, @Rangers, etc). @DodgertownUSA is doing the same by switching to @Dodgers. For these reasons we decided to make the switch to just one all encompassing main handle: @Athletics. That’s not to say that @ticketservices is going anywhere. It’s the granddaddy of all A’s front office Twitter feeds, celebrating the third anniversary of its first tweet on June 25. So follow us on Twitter. And check out more Tweeters to follow, including many Oakland A’s players, at oaklandathletics.com/connect.
We want to give a HUGE thank you to all A’s Season Ticket Holders that attended the private party on Saturday, September 11. The special event, strictly for Season Ticket Holders, welcomed guests with a red carpet entrance to the Eastside Club. Once inside, children had an area for coloring, complete with face painting and balloon art. Adults had a DJ for dancing and karaoke. Everyone was able to dine on complimentary food. Legendary A’s pitchers Vida Blue and Dave Stewart posed for photos with fans at the World Series trophies for nearly an hour. Ray Fosse lead Question and Answer sessions with Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow, Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, as well as with Blue and Stewart. Even Executive Director of Ticket Sales and Operations, Steve Fanelli, and In-Game Host Kara Tsuboi graced the stage to thank the guests.
Did you smile big for your photo when entering the Eastside Club? These photos will be on your 2011 Opening Night ticket! How cool is that?! You’ll have to renew your plan in time for the commemorative ticket stock. Get a jump on next season by calling the A’s Ticket Services Office at (510) 568-5600. You can even request seat relocation now by phone or online here.
Thank you all again for what continues to be a fun season of A’s baseball!
How is your season progressing so far? The A’s, above .500, are just a hair out of first place
in the AL West. We’ve witnessed a recent perfect game and a sweep in Oakland over
the cross-bay Giants. For such accomplishments, where did you sit? Have you tried the new
Value Deck or Plaza Club, with Jumbo Ticket added-value installed in the barcode? Maybe you and five friends checked out a Mini Suite, where you get a private suite plus food and beverage for $99 per ticket. Maybe you’ve even taken advantage of Dallas Braden’s Section 209 offer! What’s your favorite section/row/seat in the Oakland Coliseum? And your favorite moment while in it?
Photos copyright Travis LoDolce
The A’s collected the first regular season win of 2010 last night. A 10 inning walk-off single by Mark Ellis lifted the A’s to victory behind a 7 inning, 10 strikeout no decision performance by starting pitcher (and Stockton’s own) Dallas Braden. At 1-1 on the season the A’s are poised to strike at the AL West Division leading Texas Rangers (1-0). OK, yeah, we know it’s early. We also know Season Ticket Holders love to see wins. While the team on the field looks good, so does the team in the Ticket Services Office. You’ll see some new faces in the office should you visit us on game day. Some familiar faces too. Every face with a smile and desire to help you.
While we enjoy the face-to-face interaction, we realize you’re at the ballpark to see the baseball game. We want to remind you of the ticket policies and services we have in place to make being an A’s Season Ticket Holder more advantageous than ever.
Have a question about when/where/how to exchange one of your Season Tickets for another game? The 2010 Season Ticket Holder Policies will provide an answer.
Speaking of exchanging tickets, by now you’ve heard that we are the first Major League Baseball team to offer exchange and credit return of you Season Tickets online. Visit the Ticket Exchange form, but only use if you actually want to exchange or return tickets. Trust us, it works.
The always faithful My A’s Tickets allows Season Ticket Holders to transfer tickets to a friend or tolerable in-law.
Yep, you can purchase Discount Parking Passes throughout the season. Save your money on most Tuesdays though. Remember, it’s Free Parking Tuesdays in 2010.
In addition to the Ticket Services Office we are still available by phone at (510) 568-5600 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We don’t intend to automate a good handshake.
Keep an eye out the window this week for the FedEx delivery truck, your Season Tickets are on the way! The feedback we have received over the years is that opening the A’s Ticket Package and reviewing the contents equates to opening presents during the Holiday Season. Check out this link. Can you relate to the joy of Season Ticket Delivery Day? Perhaps we petition for making the day that tickets arrive a state holiday? With 82 unique ticket designs, this year’s ticket booklet looks better than ever. Featuring A’s players, fans and classic A’s images, each Season Ticket Holder will have a unique and memorable season ticket booklet. Be on the lookout for your tickets arriving inside a special gift very soon!
Remember to wait for your friends and family before you open your tickets!