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Hurting Economy Equals Great Baseball Deals

On January 16th of this year, my friend Dirk and I went in together on a 16 game mini plan for the Texas Rangers. The plan gives us 16 guaranteed games, 2 season ticket holder cards that can be used for discounted souvenirs and concessions, as well as getting us in the ballpark 30 minutes before everyone else. This plan comes with two seats to all 16 games for the price of $50 (give or take a few dollars for convenience charges).

Not bad huh?

Our thinking was the two season ticket holder cards made the whole thing worth it. Who wouldn't pay that? Especially when we can use those cards at other games that aren't part of that plan. I'm thinking they will pay for themselves after a just a few games.

Aside from the game plans, which are many by the way, the ballpark also offers daily specials. For instance, Wednesdays are Ozarka website Wednesdays, which means tickets for Wednesday home games are half price in upper reserved ($15 adult/$6 child), upper box ($20), Lexus club terrace ($25), lower reserved ($30), corner box ($40), and Lexus club box ($45) sections when purchased on the Rangers' website. Tuesdays are also free kid Tuesdays for children 13 & under, meaning it's basically buy one get one free.

They did these promotions last year, along with many others, but I didn't expect them to continue this year. Does the sale of the team have anything to do with this? Is the new ownership trying to start off on good terms with the fans? Is it the economy driving this? I really don't know. Maybe it's all of the above.

Whatever the case may be, it sure does help those of us that have been hit financially over the course of the last year or so. Before we ran across this mini plan, we were discussing the possibility of only making around 20 games this year, when last year we made close to 40.

How have the rest of you been affected? Have you had to scale back your game schedule, or do you see yourselves attending more games this year than last? I'm just curious. It's interesting to me to see how others around the country are faring this year.

I know I'm not the only one out there that has a child or children. What are your plans for the family this year? If anything, I think all of this is making me check for deals more than I used to. A few years ago, I could've dropped $50-$75 a game at the ballpark (including parking). Now, that's unheard of for me.

I can go to the ballpark now and split $5 parking with my friend (or take turns), bring food and drinks from home, and not spend a dime inside the park if I don't want to. It helps that the Ballpark in Arlington allows outside food and drinks. You can bring a cooler in, as long as it is soft-sided and can fit under your seat, and doesn't have any glass or cans in it. Pretty cool huh? We've even walked in with Subway sandwiches in our hands!From what I hear, there's not too may parks out there that allow that, so we take full advantage of it.

How about the rest of you? What kind of deals does your park have? What does your home ballpark allow/ not allow? Have you found any loopholes?

Speaking of loopholes, our tickets in our mini plan are in the upper deck (3rd level 1st base side), but we don't plan on staying there long!

Let's have a great season everyone, and happy snagging!

Brian Powell is a contributing columnist to myGameBalls.com and also maintains a Blog.

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