In December, I received a brochure from the Cincinnati Reds asking me to renew my season tickets. I once was a Reds season ticket holder in 2010, when I bought a Baker’s Dozen 13 game plan. I spent like $90 on one seat for 13 games. I ended up only attending three games in Cincinnati that year, and snagging 13 balls total, but one of those games was game three of the NLDS, where I snagged six balls and set a single season record.
It was early October, and it was Amy and my first ever road trip together, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Cincinnati.
Without giving away too much information about my 2012 master schedule (we’ll save that for another blog) , it looks like I’ll be attending hopefully at least 10 games there, although I could attend up to 20 games there.
I figured that since the Reds will be a hot ticket this year (they’re going to win the Central) that I would go ahead and buy a VIP plan. Full 81 games. 2 tickets to each game. 162 tickets in total. It cost me $1289.50, but I made a lot of that back by selling my opening day tickets from the plan. I plan on holding back 40 tickets worth and selling the other 122 to at least break even.
So what’s there to like about the Cincinnati Reds and Great American Ballpark this year? Here’s some of the benefits:
1) Early access
I’ll be entering at 4:30 many games by buying a BP tour ticket. If the tickets are sold out, I’d still get in at 5:10 with the season ticket holders, but imagine having BP with just a hand full of other people for the first 70 minutes of batting practice. That’s right – the general public doesn’t get in until 5:40. Zack Hample took advantage of this in 2011 and snagged 36 in one game. What would you rather ballhawk in? This?
The crowds at Great American Ballpark can really suck, especially when you have to factor in those railings in the aisles that block your mobility. You can pretty much forget snagging much from 5:40-6:10.
2) Good resell value
I’ve sold 8 of the 122 tickets that I won’t use already on stubhub. The cheapest opening day seat is currently selling for $109. That’s for just one ticket! With the Tigers and Indians coming to GABP, there’s demand.
3) Opportunity to buy more Opening Day tickets.
All season ticket holders are guaranteed the opportunity to get more opening day tickets. Meaning, at the very least, if I bought two more for $20 and resold them for $220 – well, you can do the math. We’re just chipping away at that $1289.50.
4) Take batting practice on the field.
All full season ticket holders get to take batting practice on the field at Great American Ballpark. Unlike PNC Park, its for full season ticket holders only, so hopefully there’ll be less people there resulting in more cage time for me. My ultimate goal is to jack one out of a major league ballpark. I haven’t been lifting all these weights for nothing. I haven’t been able to do it at PNC Park yet.
5) Post-season guaranteed tickets
When the Reds make the post season in 2012, I’ll get to buy more tickets. Even if I can’t attend, reselling the tickets will make this investment more beneficial.
6) Unused season ticket exchange program
I used this before in 2010 when I had the Baker’s Dozen plan to exchange my unused tickets for a game later in the season against the Brewers that I could easily spin off to a buyer on ebay. It’s simple, by mail, and if you can’t get rid of your tickets, then you can request games later in the season.
With the purchase of these Reds tickets, that makes 7 season tickets for 3 different teams that I’m now the owner of. That’s 567 tickets that I have.
Did I go overboard? What do you think? Were the Reds tickets worth it? I think they were. All of my tickets for my 2012 games are bought and paid for, and I’m going to get a lot of that money back by reselling the ones I can’t use.
At any rate, if you need a season ticket to get in early to PNC Park or Great American Ballpark, you now know where to turn.
There’s only 58 more days until Opening Day, 11 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and 6 days to win this Brandon Phillips jersey Tshirt.
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