Jbox and I headed down to the game last night without any tickets in hand. No problem we figured, we’ll just pick up a couple of park passes. We usually can’t sit still that long anyway.
“Two Park Passes please.”
“I’m sorry sir, we’re sold out, but we have some bleacher seats for ten dollars.”
Sold out? On a Wednesday? With this dreadful team? Against the Brewers?
“Alright, I guess I’ll take those. “
So Jbox and I head over to the so called bleachers. Which I highly don’t recommend; no back support and you can’t see sh*t. We only last an inning in these seats and notice the park at the park is barely full. What the crap? What kind of scam is Petco Park pulling on us?
So today I decide to call up the Padres ticket office to get the skinny. I’m told the Padres will sell upwards of 5,000 Park Passes. However, the Padres will first sell about 2,500 Park Passes. Then they’ll sell additional Park Passes once the rest of the stadium is sold out or only single seats remain. JEEZ... I feel a bit taken. I’m not saying this is false advertising or anything, but just a bit deceptive.
And another thing, Petco charges more for tickets when you buy them on the day of the game. They must really want people to stay away. I’m thinking they should give a discount right before the first pitch to make the stadium at least look full. Set up some automated kiosks to handle the “crowds”. A full stadium always looks more attractive to fans at home and would generate interest. People will think to themselves “Wow, a team this bad there’s still a crowd. What kind of fun am I missing?” People will come, people will most definitely come.