First off, let me say that I am excited that the Halos have been awarded the game in 2010. I was not alive in ’67, and missed the ’89 game as I was an exchange student in New Zealand. As such I have never attended an All-Star Game in Anaheim.
Looking ahead to 2010, there may be some cause for concern. I know some of you may have touched on this before, but for those that may not know, recent teams that have hosted the All-Star Game have made some of their fans unhappy with some requirements imposed in order to get tickets to the game.
If season ticket holders wanted to be guaranteed that they would have tickets to the All-Star game, they have to comply with the following:
1) Season ticket holders must buy a full “strip” of tickets. The “strip” includes tickets to the game, but also the workout day, home run derby, and futures game. Obviously the All-Star game is the big draw and MLB wants good crowds for the other events.
2) All season ticket holders must “buy-in” for more than one season’s worth of tickets. The Giants and Yankees have pulled this maneuver where season ticket holder has to buy season tickets not only for the season that the game is played in, but for a season before or a season after as well.
3) MLB dictates all seating...or so I have been told. Been a season ticket holder since before this announcement? Guess what, even if you have season tickets from now through 2012, you may not get your seats for the game. I asked my contact with the Angels today if I would have my seats for the game, and guess what? I was told that I probably would not. The fact that we have paid the Angels over $110,000 for seats from ’77 to ’95 and from ’01 to the present means that your seats could be moved. How far? Who knows?
I hope the Arte can apply the same business acumen to the process in negotiating rights to the game as he did when he first took over and lowered beer prices. If the Angels are truly “about the fans” and “creating a family environment” as he says, he will see to it that none of the above scenarios happen.