4:43 pm January 23, 2012, by David O'Brien
January 23rd, 201210:13 pm
The FINE PRINT…..says it all. ROFL Those other places must be where they are making it up in lost revenue!!!!
Pathetic excuse of running the Braves organization as I once a longtime fan. After the last 25 years of BS and sorry excuses I am over it.
January 23rd, 201210:15 pm
YOU ARE ALL WRONG!! I GO TO OPENING DAY AND ONE OF OUR PLAYOFF GAMES(assuming we make it). GO TO THE 755 CLUB FOR THE FOOD. AND THEN WATCH EVERY GAME EVERY NIGHT ON TV WITH MY OWN BEER IN MY OWN LIVINGROOM EATING MY OWN COOKING. WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE??
January 23rd, 201210:20 pm
One more point…Atl’s population increase from the late 80s to the 2000’s was from people from outside the south. It’s not from Southerns having more children. So if you’re from up north or the midwest or west, why would you care to go to a braves game unless it’s your team playing them. Also TF is one of the largest baseball venues in the country seating wise. So what does look empty would actually be a sellout at other stadiums like fenway, wrigley and tampa–which has more yankee fans at games than rays fans. lol
January 23rd, 201210:41 pm
this is just a cheaper way to try to draw fans than by spending money on baseball players. when you can’t afford $3 mill for Cody Ross, you’ve got problems.
when the team is double digit games out of a playoff spot by July, how much does less expensive food matter ?
this is a PR move that won’t make much of a difference in attendance.
the bottom line is that the Braves (Liberty Media’s) bottom line has the team spinning its wheels.
January 23rd, 201210:52 pm
This is an awesome offer and the Braves will probably sell a couple hundred more packages. However, as others have suggest the issue with attendance is poor public transit. If the Falcons can sell out every game the Braves should be able to sell-out 40-50% of our home games. The Falcons are able to do it because Marta is a 5-minute walk away from the stadium. The Braves should either relocate their stadium to a location that has better public transportation nearby, or the Braves should pay for Marta should run a rail near the Ted because the buses are terrible.
January 23rd, 201210:54 pm
I haven’t been in another MLB ballpark in over ten years but I’ve heard plenty of complaints while standing in line at Turner from those who have been to other ballparks. The complaint isn’t price, it’s selection. Apparently most other ballparks have a much larger variety of food vendors. I’ve got to admit that the selection is rather boring. Spice it up a bit and maybe those who attend the games regularly will look forward to having the chance to try something new. Who wants a hot dog or a sausage every time they watch a game?
January 23rd, 201210:55 pm
MMMM,,, CHEAP HOT DOGS
I’m stunned. Is there any reason not to go? I took my son to several games last year and the year before – ate before we went, took bottled water in with us and still spend upwards of $130 for 4 seats.
Seriously? It is almost NOT about the team record anymore. $20 to park added to ticket price so that we DONT have to ride Marta.
Yes, we had a great time, that alone made it worth the trip but I remember I went to the Braves ALL the time when I was a kid for alot less money. Can’t do that anymore, and its not about the team record.
that they had the fourth best home record in baseball is a laugher – the team management keeps the team payroll in the middle of the salary pack and expects to win the pennant. Right. and frogs with wings wouldn’t bump their asses either.
To wit, the ONLY World Championship of ANY kind won by ANY team in this city in the last 40 years is the Braves. Since then, there isn’t a single ownership group in this city that has put the right plans and spent the right money to win a championship. That the Braves lost in 96 was a travesty.
This town deserves better, and all the team can do is cut food and drink prices. I’m telling ya, its laughable.
January 23rd, 201210:59 pm
Sweet. I guess since they scan the barcode that the tickets I get from the scalper will include the discount………..
January 23rd, 201211:05 pm
But can you only scan the ticket once for the discount? Cause what if I want another hotdog or coke in the 5th inning? Will this lead to a black market inside the stadium for a ticket from a season ticket holder to get the discount. lol just lower prices for everyone. good grief. the food is crap anyway.
January 23rd, 201211:23 pm
The real need for fans is to see a power-hitting outfielder. That would improve attendance.
January 23rd, 201211:28 pm
cant wait for braves season. Cant wait for the hot summer, tailgating and drinking beer.
Blog comments are retarded
January 23rd, 201211:35 pm
Did you read the article? You don’t have to buy tickets to 81 games. Just 20. I make 30k and live in Macon. I go to approximately 15 games per year. This benefit might push me to go to five more. It looks like a good idea to me.
January 23rd, 201211:39 pm
As a season ticket holder for the past 32+ years (in the primo seats) I can tell you the Braves are a first class operation. Whether it is dealing with regular fans, the handicapped, special promotions, their website, communication with ticket holders,or honoring their own, they are top-notch. As much as anyone else I hope they can put a champion on the field this season. That rests with the owners, the manager, GM, and CEO, but we should be proud of this organization which is the longest continuously operating franchise in MLB.
January 23rd, 201211:41 pm
DOB, I appreciate your objectivity when writing about the braves. I’m glad they were good at home but this team doesn’t have a player outside of J-hey that I would pay to watch that many times. I might go a few more times this year to make sure I get to watch Chipper a few more times but other than that, I’d rather just watch at home. Looking forward to the blog this year!
January 23rd, 201211:45 pm
They’re trying to earn some goodwill back after the epic failure in September last year.
January 23rd, 201211:47 pm
And I do think it’s a nice gesture.
Now how about slashing ticket prices by 33% for the average fan.
January 23rd, 201211:48 pm
Braves fans in the 90s became spoiled or numb from all the flags and few WS. After a while you started to expect them to fail to get the WS or tap out once they got there.
Also it may have been hard to be jazzed about 1-0 Maddux wins Guy was a genius on the mound but fans fell asleep by the 5th inning.
Like football (becoming a passing/scoring league) baseball is more fun with HRs and high scores.
Steroids or lack thereof put a crimp in the HRs but fans still love a rocking game with high scores.
ATL doesn’t have that kind of club yet. Maybe in a few years provided Heyward and FF progress and they pick up a 110-120 RBI guy in the OF or 3B.
The current offense scares no one. Maybe it will once we see where Heyward is at and if Prado is really back.
To me those two guys need to catch fire for this team to go anywhere. Uggla cannot carry a team and he will press hard if he has to.
Get Prado and Heyward going and you may have a chance at a WC. Still think its stretch though due to Pastornicky and Wilson at SS.
Braves Season Ticket Holder
January 23rd, 201211:51 pm
If the Braves want more $$$$ from their collective fanbase, their marketing & retail heads need to get their heads out of the sand and start selling apparel in the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center and the Aramark-run store at Turner Field for fans 6′3″ and taller who need TALL Sizes and whose arms are too long to wear the undersized garments they currently peddle at such high prices.
January 23rd, 201211:52 pm
That brisket sandwich sounds good.I’ll take two.
January 24th, 201212:04 am
cut the obscene prices of beer, hotdogs, etc. for all fans, not just season ticket holders—I will not buy any of that stuff at current prices and will buy cheap tickets outside stadium.
January 24th, 201212:42 am
They could give free food and field level seating, I am still not renewing a damn thing until changes are made to the roster, other than dumping Lowe, Sorry Wren, cheap food isn’t taking the sh*tty taste of Jack Wilson,Pastorstinky, or Granpa Jones out of my mouth! no team needs my hairy ass!! nice try but NO THANKS!
January 24th, 20121:08 am
All that stuff they sell in concessions is way overpriced—cut the price of everything by 40%—fans aren’t going to many games anymore–the stadium is in a bad area of town and the team sucks. The braves management just doesn’t get it.
January 24th, 20121:56 am
All that stuff they sell in concessions is way overpriced—cut the price of everything by 40%—fans aren’t going to many games anymore–the stadium is in a bad area of town and the team sucks. The braves management just doesn’t get it. — All Prices
Something tells me you and JoeBrave are not really the type of customers they’re expecting to get through the gates.
January 24th, 20122:55 am
Will this deal apply to playoff games? Oh wait, forgot. We don’t have to worry about that.
January 24th, 20124:58 am
I do not eat this food – I am a 20 game season ticket holder and I still say thanks. I have been very impressed with how my ticket rep handles my account – I am treated as if I am part of the Braves family and that rocks. I am excited that when I do buy my kids a snack or occasional soft drink this season I will be able to do so with a few less dollars. #GoBraves
January 24th, 20125:10 am
Skeezix at 8:13 and 8:17 are both dead on.
No one is complaining about lower prices – just that if this is all the team is willing to do to draw fans after 2011, that’s pretty sad. Plus, as others have stated, this offer is going to help very few – and won’t help the people who can only go to a few games.
Also, I agree that if the team starts out poorly (e.g. 13-15 like last April), then free concessions to all ticket holders won’t prevent a mass exodus of fans. Fan disenchantment over this team and how the team decided to address the 2011 collapse is about as high as I’ve ever seen – and I’ve been a fan since the 70s.
Cheaper food for a select few is nice – but won’t amount to a hill of beans if the team gives off even a whiff of being a non-contender once the season starts.
January 24th, 20125:52 am
Does the Discount Fade away in September?
January 24th, 20126:32 am
So, what about getting people into the seats that may not have money for a 20-game package? If they cut concession prices all around, they would get more people to come and enjoy a game. People who can afford 20 games, can afford the current concession prices. It’s a nice gesture, but in reality, they are saying, forget the casual fan (who may be dedicated, but may not have the money). Management tries to make it look good, but in reality, it is nothing.
January 24th, 20126:43 am
The Braves have dropped the ball again. The food discount for season ticket holders is a sham because they are going to increase the food prices so the non-season ticket holders will pick up the tab. The Braves should do something for families who cannot afford to bring a family of four or more to more than one or two games a year. This is where the biggest drop off in attendance has occurred. Many families cannot afford to drop $200 or more for a two or three hour baseball game.
January 24th, 20126:46 am
In the days of yore, when the Braves routinely sucked, and they played in that football stadium, Atlanta-Fulton Co. Stadium, I used to go to games a lot…right up to demolition season, including the magic of the early/mid 90s. Before the success, I used to get some buddies, go to the stadium and buy $2.00 bleacher seats…by about the 4th inning, we would be sitting behind home plate, watching major league pitching…really cool stuff, and the beer was reasonable.
Then, along came The Ted. I went to a few games and decided it just didn’t have the “feel” that the old football stadium had, and the crowd had turned into the “be seen” crowd of yuppified burbinites, who didn’t care about the team or the game, which was demonstrated by total lack of attention to either during the actual game. Sure, there were some B-ball fans, but they were in the vast minority.
I decided that the experience wasn’t worth the price because of the atmosphere…better on TV. Since that decision, I have been to a few minor league games, and the “feel” is still there. I haven’t yet been to the G-Braves, but have heard that it is a mini-Ted…lacking the “feel”.
Truly sad that success has had this effect in Atlanta. At one time, we sucked, but we had the “feel” of baseball.
January 24th, 20126:54 am
33% discount on concessions for season ticket holders?
Sounds like a Republican gimmick to me.
A little stimulus for the working poor might promote a little good will and ticket sales.
Pete E. Tong
January 24th, 20127:54 am
“Something tells me you and JoeBrave are not really the type of customers they’re expecting to get through the gates.”
And something tells me that you can’t be objective, if only for a second.
He makes legitimate points.
January 24th, 20128:03 am
what will happen is this, they slash the price for season ticket holders by a third, while the food they sell to us regular people will be 1/3 the size that it was last year, so in a sense …season ticket holders are not getting a break, just paying the retail price, why the rest of us, just get ripped off… thank god we can bring in bottle water, that I pay 20 cent a bottle for from the store but can get one inside the stadium for….4.50…….what a deal!!!
January 24th, 20128:14 am
Charging nearly $5 for a 22-oz soft drink should land people in jail.
January 24th, 20128:22 am
So many fair weather fans on this message board. “if they put a better team on the field, i would go games.” “maybe if they actually won games i would attend.” “maybe if they increased payroll.” Its a shame and I’d be happier if your type just never came to a game. It’s called fan loyalty. And how can anyone expect a larger payroll without selling more seats? Good god. GO TO THE GAMES, ENJOY THEM, YOU DONT HAVE TO BUY THAT $12 BEER. THEY DON’T HAVE TO WIN FOR YOU TO HAVE FUN. Atlanta is the only city (aside from the Florida teams) who consistently has a good team but consistently has bad attendance. Because of fair weather fans.
January 24th, 20128:24 am
“When you dance with the Devil”……
This pre-dates you, DOB, but the Braves made their bed when they went along with the “good ol boys” and put Atlanta Stadium (and by default Turner Stadium) in that area of town because they could basically steal the land from the occupants there. Land that was valued much, much less than land on the north side. That they did successfully.
Read up on that escapade…..
As a result, now you have a MLB team playing on the south side of town, which is definately not where the money is.
Oh, they had their chances in the 80’s to move to the north side, but once again, Atlanta politicians made an offer the Braves couldn’t “refuse”…….
Attendance has continued to trend downward since the high water mark set in 1997 (when Turner was brand new) – not a good sign.
It seems based upon the Braves’ results and budgets the past few years coupled with a ownership that has no personal interest in Atlanta or the team, one can expect that trend to continue.
2012 is going to be an interesting year for the Atlanta Braves organization.
January 24th, 20128:27 am
Does David O’Brien work for the AJC or for the Braves?
January 24th, 20128:30 am
I see no value in paying a couple of hundred dollars, suffering a 4 hour roundtrip from North Fulton, being accosted by homeless people, just to sit in the outside heat and humidity with my family to watch a Braves baseball game. Our family’s recreational time is very limited and we have much better alternatives for it than attending professional sports events that can be more conveniently viewed on TV.
January 24th, 20128:31 am
WOW! Great marketing job by Aramark! DOB, you use to be able to buy beer with your season ticket voucher. Now they are cutting that out and giving you an extra $1.50 to use for a hot dog or a piece of pizza you will never buy. Before I’m sure every last dime was used up on those vouchers since you could buy booz. Now Aramark will save thousands even if they raise the amount 33% since most don’t eat at the game.
January 24th, 20128:44 am
If AJC staff gets too critical of the Braves, the Braves will pull advertising dollars from the AJC. Thus, you won’t really get any objective reporting from the local media outlet. Its all filtered through rose-colored glasses and Frank Wren and management can do no wrong.
What’s scary are the Kool-aid drinkers that swallow this stuff.
January 24th, 20129:05 am
Paid attendance may have been nearly 30K per game but if you ever been to a game in person, you know that 15K if that are there unless the Red Sox/Yankees/Cubs are in town. Atlanta is a transit down with no history of championships in any sport. The Braves are the only team in the planet that celebrate post season futility.
January 24th, 20129:06 am
You know how to increase attendance? Don’t have a lineup stocked with losers and a manager who says “I’m proud of them” when they poop their pants in the last month of the season.
Frank Wren (w/his rose-colored glasses)
January 24th, 20129:07 am
Big bat ?
Heyward will rebound, along with Prado and McCann.
Uggla will hit more consistently and hit a few more HRS with
runners on base.
Bourn will hit .300 and steal 50+ bases
Freeman will continue to improve.
Pastornacky will open some eyes with his hitting.
Chipper will be Chipper.
This team is ready to contend for the NL East and is poised to win it all.
Buy some tickets and play ball !
January 24th, 20129:09 am
14 consecutive division championships.
January 24th, 20129:18 am
Enough said? Wake up. Division championships mean nothing. Zilch. ALL that matters is winning it all. You think the Yankees care about division championships? The Cardinals? The Red Sox? No! That’s because they are organizations committed to winning the World Series, and anything short of that is a failure. The Red Sox just fired the manager that led them to two WS wins. Why? Because of their epic failure last season (which was only slightly worse than the Braves’ collapse).
This is the problem, the Braves organization wants to hang their hat on those division crowns, but nobody cares. Do you think Jerry Jones is satisfied if the Cowboys win the NFC North? Give me a break. There is only one thing that counts, nothing else.
January 24th, 20129:24 am
The Braves don’t just go after more talent. Also, how sad that they grade games based on who they are playing? Aren’t all teams professionals and matter? Are they telling the fans it’s not about the home team, but more about who the visitors are? Does management really wonder people don’t buy tickets? Why charge a premium for a Wednesday game when they simply need to get fans into the stands?
January 24th, 20129:41 am
A 33% discount for the “haves”, so what does the avg Joe get? Nothing. Kinda like rich folks getting big tax breaks, the least of all who need them.
Braves would do better by offering deals on tickets to entice the folks that don’t have season tickets, and make it enticing enough to actually get people to fill the seats.
Mornin’ GIL. Keep mending. Great to see you post up.
January 24th, 20129:57 am
Having had season tickets with the Braves for almost 20 years and knowing how they operate, I would the base prices for these concessions will be apporximately 33% HIGHER than they were during last September’s Chernobyl-esque meltdown in order to accomodate this “discount” for season ticket subscribers.
January 24th, 201210:04 am
Will this deal apply to playoff games?
You will get 50% off if you use last year playoff tickets. They are becoming collectible items.
January 24th, 201210:05 am
It is the costs of a GOOD TICKET that keeps people from buying!! Nosebleed or outfield are NOT GOOD TICKETS!!
January 24th, 201210:08 am
Concession discounts for the affluent season ticket holders is a slap in the face to every Braves’ fan that that has to scrape up enough money to treat his or her family for the sake of a few hours of entertainment.
Frank Wren, Newt Gingrich and the wealthy suburbanite season ticket holders should be ashamed of themselves.
January 24th, 201210:35 am
The more I think about it I’m a little confused about all of the anger directed at concession prices. I enjoy having a beer at the game and if I recall, I can get a 20 oz for $6.50. What would the same beer cost me at a restaurant – $4.50 – $5.00? It doesn’t bother me to pay the extra $2 to be able to enjoy the beer at the game. If you have 2-3 beers at the game, that’s $6 extra than what you would be paying on a night out. OR you don’t have to drink beer. You can bring water into the game.
I thought Turner still provided fans the option of bringing their own food to the game. it looks like it’s still an option according to the website. They give you an option if you feel the prices are too high.
I fall in line with the arguments about the product on the field (although mine is mostly pointed at the manager). However, I will give our FO credit for having maintained a competitive product on the field while being capped at the same payroll for the last 5-7 years. When you think about it, that’s impressive considering contracts continue to rise.
Please stop with the DOB homer nonsense. He’s he beat writer for the braves. Put yourself in your shoes. If you are around these guys 200 days/year and you want to get interviews, etc, do you really expect him to come on the web and bash the organization like people who comment on here? He does a great job being as objective as he can be in his position and I think he’s asked tough questions when warranted.
January 24th, 201210:47 am
The Braves get the home team treatment from all the ATL media, except Jeff Schultz, who calls it like he sees it. If Chipper and his buddies got the Philadelphia/NY media treatment, they’d be too teary-eyed to take the field. If DOB isn’t a homer, why does he get his feelings hurt every time someone brings up the subject?
January 24th, 201210:51 am
They still don’t realize that the casual fan, fans of baseball and sports in general, don’t go to games because their concessions are pricing people out. I have money to spend, but i’m not going to spend it on $7.50 beers and $5 hot dogs to watch two teams I don’t root for. If they want higher attendance, take less margins on the crap they are selling and make up for it in volume. Its a backwards business model.
January 24th, 201210:58 am
Why hasn’t anyone mentioned how hot it is at Turner Field all summer long? We had 90 days over 90 degrees last summer and the temp. inside that park was hotter than that. Does anyone think they would expose children to those extremes? Look at how empty the place is on Sunday 1PM games. And any day game. Remodel the stadium with covered seats and some cooling so that fans won’t get sunstroke and heatstroke.
January 24th, 201211:12 am
WINNING is what brings in season ticket holders, and what fills the seats. If Liberty Media (whose CEO makes more than the entire Braves’ payroll) would decide to either (1) open up the pocketbook and have a World Series competitor (ain’t gonna happen), OR (2) SELL THE FREAK’N TEAM to someone like Arthur Blank, who is a winner, and wants a winning team with no less than a Super Bowl victory, then we’d have fans packing Turner Field like the 90’s.
January 24th, 201211:32 am
Why hasn’t anyone mentioned how hot it is at Turner Field all summer long? We had 90 days over 90 degrees last summer and the temp. inside that park was hotter than that. MEG
It’s much, much hotter at Rangers home games in Arlington, Tex. They had 40-some consecutive days with temps over 100 last summer, and the Rangers drew nearly 2.95 million at home (compared to Braves’ 2.37 million). There are also more extreme-heat summer days in St. Louis than in Atlanta, and the Cardinals once again drew over 3 million in what was shaping up as a disappointing season for them on the field — until their incredible late-season run and then their postseason march to the World Series title.
The Braves didn’t play indoors when they drew well over 3 million at the old Stadium, which was located in what is now a Turner Field parking lot. Or when they drew over 3 million each of the first four seasons at Turner Field.
They drew more than 3.88 million in ‘93 at the old stadium, or about 1-1/2 million more than they drew last season.
January 24th, 201211:39 am
So they’re going to jack up the prices on season tickets nearly 33% (for example – the cheapest seats raised from $249 to $370 each) and THEN try to give you 33% off of their overpriced concessions? So instead of paying $5 for a $1 soda, I pay $3.33? Maybe they should have signed an outfielder worth a damn instead of jacking around with the rates. Seems like a squeeze on the consumer during hard economic times.
January 24th, 201211:45 am
Would David O’Brien be at Turner Field for all 82 home games if he had to PAY for Season Tickets AND Parking/MARTA AND Food WHILE sitting out in the elements while exposed to the sun/rain/cold like the rest of us who actually are season ticket holders and aren’t being compensated by our employers for being there?
January 24th, 201211:55 am
Maybe friendlier and less abusive parking attendants would help too. What a pain in the a** to park at the stadium. If you don’t have a Marta train stop, make parking easier.
January 24th, 201211:59 am
can’t help but think if they spent that money on a shortstop and/ or an outfielder- send the message they are serious about winning it all- they would attract more fans and thus more revenues
of course I’m 300 miles away so I may come over for a weekend series – we do have a Yankees SAL team with Mike Veeck & Bill Murray as part owners so they make it fun- Braves should hire Veeck & maybe do a disco album demolition night or two
January 24th, 201212:01 pm
The Braves get the home team treatment from all the ATL media, except Jeff Schultz, who calls it like he sees it. If Chipper and his buddies got the Philadelphia/NY media treatment, they’d be too teary-eyed to take the field. — phoenix
Just curious, do you know the difference between a sports columnist (a writer of opinion pieces) and a beat reporter? Apparently not.
Anyway, thanks for your participation.
January 24th, 201212:17 pm
Atlanta amazingly poor in all pro sport attendances. nothing exist to lure people here to watch braves hawks and late thrashers, only dawgs young criminals attract full sell out. 33% discount for food going to do nothing to increase attendance, just free food and drink with 100 bucks complimentary money for braves fans maybe would achieve the goal. watch cardinals, cubs or philly attendance and compare. so i am in peace with owners decision do not increase payroll and understand difficulty to find decent owner to buy Atlanta’s pro team. Cuban never going to do business here.
January 24th, 201212:57 pm
I’ll ask again – if it’s concession prices that bother you, why can’t you just bring your own food?
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January 24th, 20121:13 pm
Please tell the owners to read about the discounts the Astros are giving the fans! $1 kids seats. $5 sections….etc.
January 24th, 20122:10 pm
Braves are the milktoast of the National League.
January 24th, 20122:38 pm
Amid all the comments about middling payroll is the truth that the people in the Atlanta area do not support the Braves as they once did. This translates into how much money is available for payroll. I wonder how often those constantly blaming Wren and Liberty Media are willing to look themselves in the mirror and admit their reasons for not going to watch the games directly affect the decisions that blame others about?
My excuse? I no longer live in the Atlanta area or the southeast. I live in New Mexico. Yet, even when I lived in Florida I made it a point to watch a couple of games in Atlanta each year.
January 24th, 20122:40 pm
Put the Braves back on TBS where they belong. You want more revenue? That will generate more revenue through advertising dollars.
January 24th, 20122:51 pm
Put the Braves back on TBS where they belong. You want more revenue? That will generate more revenue through advertising dollars. — Steve
If TBS wanted the Braves games, they’d probably have them. They no longer wanted them after the team wasn’t owned by Turner and TBS beefed up its lineup and started doing original shows, etc.
January 24th, 20122:58 pm
its a good gesture, but considering the fact that u can take ur own food in its not really worth buying a 20 game pack…
January 24th, 20123:10 pm
Yeah. That’s great. The people who have enough money to buy season tickets get to save money while those of us who struggle with money and don’t get to see many games continue to get rapes by the rising price of concessions.
January 24th, 20123:35 pm
Seriously though, how the heck did the Braves lose out to Tyler Perry?
January 24th, 20123:46 pm
Is this where work slacker whiners come come to vent. Biggest bunch of crybabies I’ve ever seen.
Regarding MARTA, the one time I used it I was able to walk to the stadium from the station no problem, took about 10 minutes from the Georgia State station, I think. I’m from Florida, so correct me if I’m wrong.
January 24th, 20124:24 pm
Go to games.
I would if I could.
The Guy Who Goes to a Game Every Time He’s in Town
P.S. Quit your moaning. The Braves are talented and exciting, which is better than I can say for most of the negative posts.
January 24th, 20125:13 pm
Now that would be an interesting column. Look at TBS ratings with the Braves playing every game on TBS vice post-Braves TBS shows during baseball season.
My guess: TBS enjoyed its best ratings with the Braves telecasts. I know they dropped the George Lopez show and came close to dropping Conan.
January 24th, 20126:35 pm
Its not a bad move. The Braves ticket prices are not that bad anyway.
At least compared to some other cities. I can take or leave the concessions but for a ticket holder that has a kid or two, this can result in some saving.
Is it going to bring in the needed half million plus more ticket buying customers we need to give Liberty no excuse to up the payroll—that I cannot answer.
Its been a while since they were a 3 mil drawing team—and there are too many reasons to type in the theories why we are no longer second or third best in attendance in the league anymore. It goes even deeper than the lack of post season success since the turn of the century.
Good luck, they need all the attendace they can get. As mad as I am about September one thing I will never say is stay away from the games.
January 24th, 20126:39 pm
Who even bothers watching TBS anymore, the network of re-runs of second rate sitcoms.
I doubt I have turned to TBS five times since the Braves telecasts disappeared. I don’t even know what station its on anymore and don’t bother with it, not my kind of programming.
Do they even still have any MLB anymore? There is so much more to choose from.
January 24th, 20128:16 pm
For a team that is destined to finish 3rd at best with our “wonderful” GM the discounts should be extended to everyone.
January 24th, 20129:03 pm
Truth is that we are stuck with the location of Turner Field and stuck that there is no MARTA line to the stadium.
The powers that be might have thought the new stadium and some of the new residences would spruce up the area and it would be a place where people would want to go….turned out to be a fail.
Fan Plex had good intemtions but it did not work. And don;t expect much improvement around the surrounding area, money is tight in this economy.
Its not that safe and its a long Walk to GA State station.
January 25th, 20121:04 am
WTH, we all know the fans at the games come from all of the other states!
January 25th, 20126:51 am
Tigers sign Prince Fielder for 9 years.
Frank Wren pondering Ryan Church for a 1-year deal in case Heyward needs quality time in minors.
January 25th, 201210:17 am
They will have to pay me to watch the Astros play.
January 25th, 201211:25 am
i could care less about discounts..its only good for season ticket holders..i live 350 miles away..put a friggin team on the field thats capable of winning..the one we have now doesnt get it done..we seen that last year..Wren at his finish a do nothing GM..hoping a miracle will happen..im tired of finishing second..get back to glory days or do you know how
January 25th, 20121:57 pm
I’m happy to announce the Braves have outdone the Tigers and their signing of free agent Prince Fielder.
Some time this summer the Braves will have a post-game concert featuring “Prince” cohort and protege Morris Day, who will perform “Jungle Love” and other dance favorites.
Season ticket holders will get a chance to meet Morris and his band.
January 25th, 20122:23 pm
The Phillies have been warned that the Braves are the team to beat in the NL East.
I’ve got my fishing pole & golf equipment packed for Orlando ! Nothing better than spring training !
January 25th, 20123:17 pm
Why not getting local vendors to put food in the stadium? The food in the stadium is horrid. Absolutely horrid. They attempted to do this last year with the chorizo stand. However, I was never able to find the chorizo stand and no one within the stadium could point me in the direction.
LA has sushi and Dodger Dogs.
Boston has excellent ball park food
The list goes on and on. Make the entire experience enjoyable, not just the team on the field.
January 25th, 20124:08 pm
I went to Camden Yards last season & was BLOWN AWAY by the local vendors selling the local favorites, not to mention hot dogs that were fantastic. The area around the stadium had a baseball atmosphere about it. Great little sports bars & eateries. Souvenirs out the ying yang.
January 26th, 201210:15 am
prices for the concessions are the only reason I have not taken my family
to a Braves game in 10 years so go ahead and help the season ticket holders and not the regular
January 28th, 20128:19 pm
DOB — that’s a load of BS. The Braves aren’t on TBS anymore b/c the league didn’t want any team on a national network. They wanted to sell their “Game of the Week” packages to Fox and ESPN and force everyone outside their home market to buy the premium package in DirectTv/Dish. Same reason WGN shows about 1 Cubs game per week nowadays.
January 28th, 20129:14 pm
Something this stupid wouldn’t even be necessary if they would have made some trades and signings in the off season. How they could think with the way last season ended that they could come back with pretty much the exact team they had that fell apart and anyone would be excited is a joke. But they know that people could care less right now and this weak special they are putting out there proves it. I can’t imagine with this team that is going to not only fall behind the Phillies but Miami and Washington too being able to draw to many people to a game or two this season much less any kind of season ticket package.
those were the day's
January 28th, 20129:21 pm
Aaron homered off Gibson, & a cup of sud’s was a buck/seventy…
January 28th, 20129:41 pm
Sounds like a great plan! If the baseball does not work out, The Ted could become the undisputed world’s largest walk in restaurant. For variety, maybe they could lease some of the concession stands to some of the venders who did not have enough cash or inside contacts to bribe their way into Hartsfield-Jackson airport contracts.
Harry from da Burn
January 28th, 201210:07 pm
So the rich get richer…nice
January 28th, 201210:28 pm
Downtown Atlanta is the most miserable place I’ve ever seen in my whole life. The ballpark is south of downtown, which is even worse, surrounded by crime and the homeless. Why would anyone in their right mind want to go to a game there? Until the city leadership fixes downtown, which they likely will never do, builds a ballpark in a more inviting location, or creates a better environment around the ballpark, this problem will persist. Ballparks in so many other cities, like Chicago or Denver or Seattle or Boston or Cleveland or Baltimore or San Francisco work because they are surrounded by bars and restaurants and a party atmosphere. Turner Field is surrounded by crime and the homeless. Where would you rather see a game??
January 29th, 201212:01 am
Jesus, I don’t think I’ve bought anything from the concession stands since I was a kid. Such a complete rip off, it just makes me mad.
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