Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready will perform the National Anthem before Friday’s Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins Game. It’s part of the annual Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Night at Safeco Field.
McCready announced in 2002 that he had been living with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis for over 20-years. Since then, he has been working to raise money for research and treatment and to help bring the diseases out of the shadows.
Special group tickets for the game are available online only at www.mariners.com/ccfa. The deadline to buy tickets is Thursday, May 3 at 5pm. Prices are $20 for View Reserved and $40 for Field seats. Six-dollars from the purchase of every View level ticket and $7 from the purchase of every Field level ticket sold through the online offer goes to support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
The Foundation and the Northwest Chapter actively support the more than 60,000 Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients living in the Northwest. In addition to raising funds, CCFA will be on-site Friday to help raise general awareness of both diseases, which due to severe symptoms, are often kept quiet.
CCFA is the only non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Commonly referred to as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, it is estimated that more than 1.4 million Americans are living with these incurable digestive diseases. Symptoms are painful and include rectal bleeding, intense abdominal cramping, fatigue, malnutrition and stunted growth in children and uncontrollable diarrhea. For more information on CCFA and/or inflammatory bowel disease, please visit www.ccfa.org.
The King’s Court is returning for a full season of fun at Safeco Field, and it starts on Opening Night this Friday.
Fans loved getting dressed up and cheering on Mariners ace Felix Hernandez whenever he took the mound at Safeco Field last season, and it soon became one of the hottest tickets in town. Combined with the excitement already surrounding the Home Opener, this Friday’s Court should be no different. For $45, fans will receive a newly designed King Felix T-shirt, ‘K’ card and, of course, admission to the best section in baseball. Get your tickets today via Mariners.com.
Fans started lining up Thursday for Mariners 2012 single game tickets, which went on sale this morning.
For those fans who have gathered at the Safeco Field box office, there are plenty of ticket windows open and 710 ESPN is giving out samples of Pepsi Max and the Pyramid Ale House is handing out coupons. Blazing Bagels, located next to the Safeco Field Team Store, is also open.
Just a reminder, all games for the 2012 season are going to be priced dynamically, so there are a lot of different price options available than ever before. Larry Stone, Seattle Times national baseball writer, did a story on it for the Times.
For fans planning to go to Mariners Team Stores, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Team Stores will hand outnumbered tickets to the first 125 people who arrive Saturday morning starting at 6:30am. That will hold your place for the official lines that can start forming at 9:30am
- Fans can start lining up at Southcenter at 5am. The line forms at the entrance between Macy’s and Seafood City.
- There’s no restriction on when lines can start forming at Alderwood Mall. The line starts there between Sears Automotive and Macy’s.
- At Westlake in downtown Seattle, fans can start lining up anytime along the Olive Way side of the building.
- At Bellevue Square, lines can form starting at 6am in the parking garage across from the Coldwater Creek store between the valet parking booth and the stairwell to the skybridge.
When Mariners 2012 single game tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday at 10am (PST), fans are going to notice some big changes, perhaps the biggest changes for Mariner tickets in recent memory.
- First, all single game tickets are being priced dynamically.
- Second, the wide range of ticket prices and value options available for the first time.
The Mariners are joining a growing roster of MLB teams using dynamic pricing to more accurately set and adjust ticket prices based on demand.
To determine the opening price, all 81 games have been divided into four categories:
- Home Run
These categories are similar to the Value, Prime and Summer Weekend categories Mariners fans are used to seeing since 2008. Because not all games are created equal, fans will see some bargains for games that are expected to generate lower demand, and as has happened with variable pricing, they’ll pay more for higher demand games like Opening Night and big series against noted opponents such as the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
Once plugged into the categories, 70% of all single game tickets will start at or below 2011 prices.
Ticket prices can be adjusted to reflect demand, but only if the market conditions will support a change. But since prices can change, fans are encouraged to plan ahead, buy early and lock in the best prices for their top seat locations. Fans shouldn’t be concerned that prices for every seat at Safeco Field are going to fluctuate like the New York Stock Exchange. Chances are adjustments will be made for tickets in specific seating areas, and there will likely be many locations that will have only minor if any adjustments.
Even with dynamic pricing, there are still plenty of opportunities for bargains. Again, 70% of all tickets will open at prices at or below 2011 levels. And popular ticket specials like BECU Family Nights, Safeco Insurance Grand Slam Family Packages, Senior and Military specials and exclusive group rates will still be offered.
The other big change is the range of ticket prices and value options that are available now.
In the past, all tickets in broad seating categories were all the same price. Now, tickets will be priced differently based on how close (or how far) they are to home plate.
- Lower Box seats were $60 last season. This year, they will be priced as low as $35. Other locations on the 100 Level are available for as low as $25 ($40 last year).
- View Reserved seats were all $20 last season. This year, they will be priced as low as $10 for some games.
- For the first time at Safeco Field, Center Field Bleachers will be available for some games as low as $5.
Because prices vary by location and can change by game date, fans can always get the most up-to-date information at www.mariners.com/tickets. There you’ll find a color-coded schedule that helps you determine general price categories for games.
There is also a nifty tool (the Interactive Seat Map) that will be live on March 10 that makes it easy for fans to pinpoint the best seat for the price you want to pay.
A total of 15 MLB teams are doing some level of dynamic pricing. Eight teams, including the Mariners, are pricing the whole ballpark dynamically (A’s, Cardinals, Giants, Marlins, Mets, Padres, White Sox), and seven teams, the Astros, Braves, Brewers, Indians, Pirates , Royals, and Twins are using dynamic pricing for select games and sections. More teams are expected to enter the market soon.
With pitchers and catchers on the field in Peoria, AZ, it’s tough to think about anything but baseball. If you’re hankering to see the Boys of Summer at Safeco Field, a 16-Game Flex Pack makes it easy and affordable. And for you procrastinators looking for a last minute gift for your sweetheart, check out the Mariners Valentine’s Ticket Gift Pack.