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Twitter Updates

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.

Season Ticket Holder Party Recap

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!    



Perfection and Sweeps – Where Are Your Seats?

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
bradenpowell.jpgthe 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

A’s Win, Season Ticket Holders batting 1.000

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.


Our Ticket Services webpage (oaklandathletics.com/ticketservices) is a great starting point for all Season Ticket related information.


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 tickets@oaklandathletics.com. We don’t intend to automate a good handshake.



Season Ticket Delivery Day

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!


Today is Early Bird Deadline Day

You ever look at a date on a calendar and think, “That’s so far away.”? Sometimes it feels like that day will never come. Then – BAM – that date has arrived and all of a sudden have to get your wife a birthday gift. Today might be one of those days. Friday, December 18 – today – is the Early Bird deadline day. We know, it came fast. But by renewing in full today you will receive 2 FREE Field Infield tickets ($70 value). Accounts renewing tickets of at least $1,500 will receive a deeply discounted 18 person luxury suite for only $200 ($1600 value). See complete details about Early Bird Benefits.  

If you’re not interested in Early Bird benefits, but still want to renew your tickets the A’s now offer an online Payment Plan. You can renew your plan in three installments. Pay one-third today and additional one-third payments of the total will be spread out over the next three months. To pay in full or participate in the payment plan, visit your My A’s Tickets account.

Our smiling Ticket Services crew is standing by on phones to help you with your renewal. Don’t leave you or your wife hanging.



Contact A’s Ticket Services at (510) 568-5600 or tickets@oaklandathletics.com 

2010 Schedule & Info at oaklandathletics.com/2010

We’ve been busy. Very busy. Did you see this news today?… Oakland Athletics Unveils 2010 Schedule. And just as import… Team Also Announces Season Ticket Pricing will be Reduced an Average of 10% Next Year. Told you we’ve been busy. With the continued help of Major League Baseball and our Marketing Producer, Adam, we built an E-Brochure for all 2010 ticketing news at oaklandathletics.com/2010. This is a one stop shop for everything tickets throughout the offseason. When season ticket plan renewals are ready, you’ll find the link available on that page. When parking can be purchased, you’ll find it there. Have a Fielder’s Choice Plan and want to pick the games online? You know where you can eventually find it. Visit oaklandathletics.com/2010 now and throughout the offseason. Right now, it’s the best resource for 2010 game schedule, ticket plan game dates, and ticket plan pricing. Reduced pricing, don’t forget, as season ticket pricing will drop an average of 10%. As Jim Leahey, A’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, states, “We recognize that the economic environment continues to be difficult. Given that reality, we will continue to do everything we can to make our product as affordable as possible. As our exciting young group of players develops into a contending team, we want to reward fans who make the commitment to be a part of that growth. Our 10% season ticket price decrease is another example of our efforts to make A’s baseball accessible, affordable, and value-driven. That value will be even more meaningful to fans given the attractive schedule in 2010.”


That attractive schedule includes two visits each by the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, along with a visit from the cross-bay San Francisco Giants. Not too shabby.  


Let us know if you have any questions about the 2010 season and your season ticket plan. We can be reached at the Season Ticket Holder Hotline at (510) 568-5600, via email at tickets@oaklandathletics.com, in the Ticket Services Office, or simply post a note in this blog forum. We’re always happy to help.         


A Season Ticket Holder on the Road

A’s Season Ticket Holder and AFAC member Marlene recently visited Cooperstown for Rickey Henderson’s induction and traveled the northeast baseball landscape to watch our A’s. Today, Marlene shares some stories and observations from her travels, as well as some photos. Thanks Marlene!


Celebrating Rickey’s Induction at the Baseball Hall of Fame!

What better birthday present could I give to myself than a trip to Cooperstown to celebrate Rickey Henderson’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame? How about that trip to Cooperstown plus visits to Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park to see our A’s play! Throw in the new Mets park, Citifield, Nationals Park and Oriole Park at Camden Yards… and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Being in Cooperstown for Rickey’s induction was great fun. There were many more A’s fans in attendance than I anticipated and we all had a marvelous time; proud of Rickey and his accomplishments and especially proud of his prepared and well delivered speech! People stopped us on the way back to town to comment on just how surprisingly good Rickey had been.

Cooperstown is a baseball pilgrimage at any time, but being there for a Hall of Fame Induction is especially exciting. The streets are full of fans sporting the colors of every Major League team and some Minor League clubs too. Former Hall of Famers and other baseball greats come to town and relax on Main Street with fans of every age, signing autographs and smiling for photos. I saw Yogi Berra, Juan Marichal, Al Kaline, Gary Carter, Rollie Fingers, and our own Dave Stewart.

The Baseball Hall of Fame building has been remodeled since my last visit, enlarging the space for the library and opening up the actual Hall of Fame into a beautiful space. All three floors of the Hall are full of baseball history, which included special exhibits for the three new inductees, an exhibit honoring Hank Aaron, memorabilia for each team, and vintage uniforms and equipment. You could happily spend several days enjoying all the memories. 

Be sure to put Cooperstown on your must-visit list. It is a beautiful New England village situated on Lake Otsega.

I was able to get to two of our games at new Yankee Stadium. One was the rescheduled rain postponed game from early in the season and the makeup game was rain delayed for 2 hours! That delay worked in my favor as I was able to visit the Yankees Museum and Monument Park as well as wander around the very wide concourses and view the multitude of food choices. There was a meat market and steak sandwich spot, the Yankees Club with white table cloth dining, pizza, and also sushi. A New York law requires the calorie count of foods displayed, so you know just how many thousands of calories you can consume at the ballgame!

The park is new and big, featuring lots of Yankees history. There are exhibits honoring each of the 26 World Championship teams. The museum features a “Ball Wall” with hundreds of signed baseballs from Yankees greats – including Catfish Hunter! Lots of exciting elements all around the park, but it felt very new and very big and very much like all the new ballparks. I missed the “ghosts” from the old Stadium right across the street. It is still standing.

This trip was also my first visit to Fenway Park. I went on a tour in the afternoon. It really is a lovely old ballpark and you can just feel the history there on the grassy field. It was beautiful and peaceful. The park features many of the original seats, rather narrow and long rows. The seats on top of the Green Monster had a great view. The tour guide told us that the color of the wall, Fenway Green, is proprietary and only available to the Red Sox. The game later that night was yet another sellout. I don’t think I got the true Fenway experience, though. I was sitting with 25 A’s fans!

I then traveled back to New York for a Rockies vs Mets game at the new Citifield. It is still by LaGuardia so airplanes flying overhead are an extra highlight! Again another big, new ballpark. The main entrance is through a very large rotunda that is dedicated to honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson. Murals on the upper level walls celebrate #42 with images from his career. The out of town scoreboard was my favorite as I could follow right along with the A’s game in Boston; out by out, base by base. We won that night so it was all good! Customer Service at Citifield was so outstanding that I stopped a supervisor to comment. Turns out this guy is a Raiders fan and has season tickets on the 50 yard line in section 117. Of all the people in New York to talk to, I pick a Raiders fan!

I left New York and headed to Washington, D.C. for the SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) convention. The Nationals were on the road, but I took the Metro to the ballpark for a tour. Very convenient, the park is close to the train stop. Our tour took us through the public spaces, which featured both Nationals history and many of the legends of the game. I thought that was a very nice touch. We toured the press box and the upper level seats. Imagine watching a ballgame and being able to see the Capital Building in the background! The SABR convention is all baseball, all the time, with research presentations on all aspects of the game. There were author presentations and my favorite session the Player Panel. This year Frank Howard and Rick Dempsey talked baseball with host George Michael for about an hour and a half.

The SABR convention included a trip to Camden Yards, where the Red Sox were in town to play the Orioles. It felt like Fenway South, there were so many Sox fans there. Camden Yards is the first retro ballpark built in 1992 close to downtown at the old railroad site. Trains stop right outside. The park has been maintained very well and still looks great.



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Early Bird Renewal Benefits Galore, Sweepstakes Prizes

New for 2009, the A’s are happy to introduce the Season Ticket Holder Sweepstakes! Below you will find details on the Sweepstakes and prizes, plus the return of popular Early Bird benefits. An account must be paid in full by December 5, 2008 to qualify for Early Bird offers.

New in 2009!


Only A’s Season Ticket Holders have the ability to win hundreds of unique and otherwise unavailable prizes. See a list of prizes below. No registration is necessary. All accounts paid in full will automatically be entered in the sweepstakes. Each account will be awarded one entry. In addition, for every $1,000 invested in 2009 Season Tickets, an additional entry will be granted. (For example, a $10,000 ticket package will receive 11 entries in the sweepstakes.)

Grand Prize

ALL-STAR GAME. Trip for two (2) to the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis. Two roundtrip airline tickets from the Bay Area to St. Louis, one hotel room, and two game tickets to the Homerun Derby and All-Star Game July 13-14, 2009 will be awarded to one lucky A’s Season Ticket Holder. Trip presented by Sports Travel and Tours.

First Prize

COOPERSTOWN. Trip for two (2) to the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. Two roundtrip tickets from the Bay Area to New York, one hotel room, and two tickets to the enshrinement ceremony on July 26, 2009. Trip presented by Sports Travel and Tours.

Additional Prizes

GOLF FOURSOME. Winner receives a complimentary foursome in the 2009 A’s Community Golf Fund Tournament. Multiple prizes available.

OWNER’S SUITE OUTING. Winner and 17 guests enjoy an A’s game from the comforts of the Owner’s Suite. A’s pre-determined food, beverage, merchandise included. Multiple prizes available.


PLAYER MEET & GREET. Winner and guest attend a meet and greet with an A’s player. Multiple prizes available.

CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH. Winner throws out first pitch to mutually agreeable A’s game. Multiple prizes available.


PRE-GAME FIELD VISIT. Winner receives four passes to watch batting practice from the field. Multiple prizes available.


MVP TICKET UPGRADES. Winner upgrades to first row behind visitor’s dugout for mutually agreeable A’s game. Multiple prizes available.

COMPLIMENTARY MEAL IN WESTSIDE CLUB. Winner sent voucher for dinner in Westside Club at Oakland Coliseum. Multiple prizes available.

VIP PARKING PASS. Winner upgraded to park in VIP Parking Lot. Multiple prizes available.

SCOREBOARD MESSAGE. Winner awarded full screen Diamond Vision message during an A’s game. Multiple prizes available.

AUTHENTIC A’s MERCHANDISE. Winner receives A’s merchandise. Multiple prizes available.

AUTOGRAPHED A’s MEMORABILIA. Winner receives autographed A’s memorabilia. Multiple prizes available.



Qualifying amount does not include parking, additional tickets, or handling fees. Current Season Ticket Holders must retain the same number of seats as they had in 2008 in the same or comparable plan to be eligible or qualify for any Early Bird benefits or sweepstakes.

Back By Popular Demand!


All accounts paid in full will receive a complimentary ticket voucher for two (2) Field Infield ticket to an A’s home game at the Coliseum during the months of April and May (excluding April 10, April 13-15, and May 23).


All accounts with a ticket value of $1,500 and higher qualify for an Early Bird Luxury Suite. The Early Bird Suite includes 18 tickets and is deeply discounted at a price of only $200 (that’s $1,300 off). Limit one suite per account. Qualifying amount does not include parking, additional tickets, or handling fees. Some restrictions apply. All suites must be booked by 7/31/09. Qualifying accounts will receive a suite sign-up sheet in the in the coming months to select a game date.

Qualifying amount does not include parking, additional tickets, or handling fees. Current Season Ticket Holders must retain the same number of seats as they had in 2008 in the same or comparable plan to be eligible or qualify for any Early Bird benefits or sweepstakes.

(Photos Copyright Travis LoDolce)