Texas Rangers: Tickets
Prices were reduced on more than 34,000, with decreases between four and 19 percent. The number of premier games dropped from 36 to 28 in 2014.
"We've got to be affordable and with 81 games, 48,000 seats, we have a lot of capacity," said Rob Matwick, executive VP of ballpark operations. "Like any baseball team, season tickets are first and foremost. You make your living by building that season-ticket base. We also want to try to be affordable for families and have price points for everyone."
Dynamic ticket pricing is back for both non-premier and premier games. The Rangers will use Qcue software to set and adjust ticket prices higher or lower for each game based on market demand and a variety of factors, including opponent, weather, team performance, day of the week and starting pitching matchups. Last year, this was used only in the Upper Reserved and Batters Eye Club, but you'll now see it on all individual seats in 2014. More than half of the big league teams use this kind of system.
Matwick said the club takes the information it's given by Qcue and decides whether to move the prices. It does mean they can go up or down. But the prices below will be on the ones in effect when tickets go on sale March 1.
"If you want to go to see the Yankees or Red Sox, buy those tickets now," Matwick said.
Matwick said the club in in the "upper teens" on season-ticket sales and had more than 20,000 last year. That's a figure Matwick believes the club will achieve again this season.
The ticket prices:
Lower Infield: $73 gate, $81 premier ($78/$88 last year)
Lexus Club Box: $67 gate, $74 premier ($72/$81 last year)
Lower Box: $64 gate, $71 premier ($70/$79 last year)
Corner Box: $46 gate, $51 premier ($56/$63 last year)
All You Can Eat Porch: $48 gate, $51 premier ($51/$58 last year)
Lower Reserved: $34 gate, $37 premier ($35/$40 last year)
Outfield Plaza: $34 gate, $37 premier ($35/$40 last year)
Lexus Club Terrace: $29 gate, $33 premier ($32/$36 last year)
Upper Box: $24 gate, $26 premier ($24/$27 last year)
Upper Reserved: $17/*$6 gate, $19/*$6 premier ($19/$6, $22/$6 last year)
Grandstand Reserved: $13/*$3 gate, $14/*$3 premier ($11/$3, $13/$3 last year)
* Children 13 and under
Note: Game prices go up from $1 to $5 for adults on game day.
Here's the list of premier games in 2014:
March 31, April 1: vs. Philadelphia
April 12: vs. Houston
May 9-11: vs. Boston
May 17: vs. Seattle
June 7: vs. Cleveland
June 25: vs. Detroit
June 28: vs. Minnesota
July 11-13: vs. Los Angeles Angels
July 26: vs. Oakland
July 28-30: vs. New York Yankees
Aug. 15-16: vs. Los Angeles Angels
Aug. 23: vs. Kansas City
Sept. 6: vs. Seattle
Sept. 9-10: vs. Los Angeles Angels
Sept. 12-14: vs. Atlanta
Sept. 26-27: vs. Oakland
The Rangers do have some discounts on individual game tickets, listed from the club's release:
FAN FEST TICKET SPECIAL: Fans can save more than 50% and purchase $8 Upper Reserved tickets or $15 Lexus Club Terrace tickets for select August home games during Texas Rangers Fan Fest. Offer is available online January 25 at 9:00 am through midnight at texasrangers.com/fanfest, or at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington box office during Fan Fest hours.
OZARKA ONLINE TICKET TUESDAY: Tickets for most Tuesday home games are half price in Upper Reserved, Upper Box, Lexus Club Terrace, and Lower Reserved when purchased online at texasrangers.com/specials. Offer is not valid for April 1, July 28, and September 9. Offer subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit 12.
FIREWORKS FRIDAYS: Fans may purchase $15 Upper Reserved tickets for Friday night home games on April 18, May 16, June 6, July 25, August 15, and September 5 and 26. Offer is available on texasrangers.com with coupon code FIREWORKS. Limit 12. Offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer.
Other ticket discounts will be announced as they are finalized for 2014. For a list of updated ticket discounts during the season, fans can go to texasrangers.com/specials.
“When we look at increasing any ticket prices, we do it carefully and with a lot of consideration and internal discussion,” Rangers Chief Operating Officer Rick George said. “The last thing we want to do is increase ticket prices, but we are trying to build a long-term, sustainable model that allows us to put a great product on the field and have a great experience in here. That means we have to increase prices from time-to-time.”
Some ticket information released today:
*Individual tickets for the Texas Rangers’ regular season games in 2013 go on sale Saturday, March 2 at 9 a.m. at the First Base Box Office, at texasrangers.com or by phone at 972-RANGERS. A look at those base prices (the prices are listed as gate price/premier price):
Lower Infield: $78/$88
Outfield Plaza: $35/$40
Lexus Club Box: $72/$81
Lexus Club Terrace: $32/$36
Lower Box: $70/$79
Upper Box: $24/$27
Corner Box: $56/$63
Upper Reserved: $19/$22** ($6 for children 13 and under)
All You Can Eat Porch: $51/$58
Grandstand Reserved: $11/$13 ($3 for children 13 and under)
Lower Reserved: $35/$40
** Upper Reserved pricing will vary based on dynamic pricing for individual ticket sales.
Listed prices increase $1-$5 for adult tickets on day of game.
* Premier Games for 2013: April 5-7 (Angels); 19-20 (Mariners); May 3-5 (Boston); 17-18 (Tigers); 31 (Royals); June 1 (Royals); 14-15 (Blue Jays); 28-29 (Reds); July 4-7 (Mariners, Astros); 19-20 (Orioles); 22-25 (Yankees); August 16-17 (Mariners); 30-31 (Twins); September 13-14 (A’s); 26-29 (Angels).
NOTE: Home Plate Seats, Capital One Club, Premium Dugout, VIP Infield, Premium Infield locations, Lexus Club Infield, and Lower Infield are available only on a season ticket basis.
* The club is using “dynamic pricing,” for upper reserved adult seats, which allows them change ticket prices for certain games based on demand. They are working with Qcue, who will look at the starting pitching matchup, the weather, overall ticket demand, day of week and opponent, among other factors, to determine if the price fluctuates on tickets and how much. Fans can wait a certain game out and see if the price drops or buy early to be sure the price doesn’t go up.
* Cash parking is $15 for all games.
Standing room tickets are available for Saturday's game and will go on sale in the next few days for Friday's game. Approximately 3,500 reserved seats remain for Sunday afternoon's Silver Boot finale.
Saturday will be a turn-back-the-clock game, with the Rangers and Astros wearing 1986 uniforms.
Before the Astros come to town, the Rangers host a three-game interleague series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Approximately 8,000 reserved seats remain for the Tuesday and Thursday night games, and fewer than 3,500 are left for Wednesday night.
* Friday, April 6 vs. Chicago (1:05 p.m.)—COMPLETE SELLOUT
* Saturday, April 7 vs. Chicago (7:05)—Less than 1,000 reserved seats remain. Standing room tickets, priced at $25.00 each will go on sale Thursday.
* Sunday, April 8 vs. Chicago (7:05)—approximately 5,500 tickets remain
* Monday, April 9 vs. Seattle (7:05)—approximately 11,000 tickets remain for Yu Darvish's first big league start
You can buy tickets in person at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington box office or by calling 972-RANGERS or going to the club's web site (texasrangers.com).
Full-season and half-season plans remain available, too.
Here's a quick rundown of the new options, which are all subject to availability:
10-game plans: There are six plans from which to choose, and each includes an additional free Opening Day ticket (while available) and three Premier games (Red Sox, Yankees, Mets or Astros). Prices range from $150 to $580 per seat.
20-game plans: There are four set package options, and all include Opening Day, with savings up to 33 percent off box office prices. A Fan's Choice option is also available, providing the flexibility to pick which games you'd like to include in the package.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 972-RANGERS (ext. 3) or visit texasrangers.com.
World Series Game 3, which would be the first in Arlington if the the Rangers beat the Yankees in the American League Championship Series, is a complete sellout.
As of noon CT Sunday, there were a limited number of obstructed view and standing room seats still available for World Series Games 4-5, which are scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Also, the team said there are few reserved tickets and less than 2,000 obstructed view seats and standing room tickets remaining for a potential Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday. A few reserved tickets and less than 1,200 obstructed seats and standing room tickets also remain for a potential ALCS Game 7, which would be played Saturday.
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