Braves slash concession prices for season ticket holders

The Braves will offer season-ticket holders a 33-percent discount on food and beverages (excluding alcohol) beginning with the 2012 season, team announced Monday.

In a press release that referred to the discount as both “unparalleled” and “unprecedented,” the Braves said anyone with a season-ticket plan of 20 games or more can get the discount on food and beverages — non-booze category — at all fixed concession stands or through the in-seat food service (in those primo seats behind home plate).

The discount will not apply at the 755 Club, Chop House, Georgia’s Own Credit Union Club or through the vendors who roam through the stands.

Each season-ticket holder will have a bar code on his ticket or seat locater that can be scanned at the concession stand or by the in-seat server to activate the discount. The discount will trim $1.50 from the price of a 22-ounce soft drink and more than $2.50 off a brisket sandwich or large order of fries.

The Braves are trying to boost attendance after ranking 14th in the majors in 2011 with an average home attendance of 29,296. They sold 2,372,940 tickets at Turner Field, their lowest home total since 2.32 million paid in 2004.

“Season ticket holders are the lifeblood of our organization and this industry-leading benefit rewards them for their commitment to the Braves,” said Derek Schiller,  Braves executive vice president of sales and marketing.

205 comments Add your comment

ChopAttack

January 23rd, 2012
4:51 pm

The economy and the poor offense contributed to last season’s drop in attendance. The Braves lineup was painful to watch last season; however, if Heyward bounces back that should help put people in seats.

imausedtobe

January 23rd, 2012
4:55 pm

This sends such a bad message to me. I understand that the ownership has stuck with the message that it will continue to hold its stance on payroll. Essentially they need to make more money by generating more income. My belief however relivent it may be is that they should put a more competitve team on the field. We will buy more tickets when we are interested in seeing a winning team.

Ted

January 23rd, 2012
4:56 pm

Nice gesture. However, it’s not enough to entice me to get a 20 game package based on the totality of what has transpired over the last 5 months.

But hopefully, for others, this is a nice benefit. At least the team marketing department is trying something to appease the fans.

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2012
4:59 pm

This sends such a bad message to me. — imausedtobe

So, would raising concession prices or not changing them at all send a better message than cutting them by one-third?

Skeezix

January 23rd, 2012
5:04 pm

Finally— something the fans can cheer about.

Ted

January 23rd, 2012
5:05 pm

I think ima’s comment is that he’d rather see them try to build attendance by putting a better product on the field for the fans to watch vs. putting cheaper food in their stomach.

So, it is a “bad message” that they’ve decided to try the latter approach.

Again, this is at least something, for which I do give them credit.

Shane

January 23rd, 2012
5:06 pm

Is it just a one time discount on one item?

Bruce Chen

January 23rd, 2012
5:06 pm

Come on guys buy season tickets! They re-signed Jack Wilson for crying out loud! Everyone just hope for half the team to “bounce back” or not get injuried this year. I’m pumped!!!

William

January 23rd, 2012
5:08 pm

I don’t go to braves games to eat that crap so it means nothing to me. But I know many people who like to fill their bodies with crap do.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

January 23rd, 2012
5:13 pm

no reduction in beer??!!!???

Ron Roberts

January 23rd, 2012
5:17 pm

That’s a start; now lower season ticket prices and game-day ticket prices and put some “buy one game, get one half-price” type deals and you might start filling more seats.

Because the off-season .lack of P.R. “sizzle” via free agency/acquisition can’t possibly be exciting potential season-ticket buyers.

I’m not saying I disagree that this team doesn’t have many holes to fill; but doing little to a team that failed down the stretch in such an epic fashion doesn’t excite fans. It is what it is.

A hot start, offensively and solid starting and relief pitching in April would probably make folks notice.

Jesus Christ

January 23rd, 2012
5:18 pm

Most fans are fat enough. No need to encourage them to eat more.

imausedtobe

January 23rd, 2012
5:19 pm

I feel that most fans invisioned seeing a few moves this offseason. This is a marketing concept. I understand the need to generate a revenue. I want my favortie team to generate revenue. I think its a bad message that they expect us to want to buy tickets simply because they have a discounted hotdog. I want to see productive players who can help the Braves win. If this “marketing concept” works to help provide that, I am all for it. I think it’s a bad message because they haven’t improved what is on the field yet to the level that most fans expect.

Thrashers fan!

January 23rd, 2012
5:23 pm

No price cuts on alcohol? gtfo

Ron Roberts

January 23rd, 2012
5:24 pm

And I’ll say it again; Turner Field was built with too many seats TO fill, anyhow. Lop off about Ten-to-twelve thousand seats from that cavernous upper deck or that awkwardly-angled right field corner and make the place more intimate. Lower the supply and the demand would go up with a good product on the field.

Sad Sack

January 23rd, 2012
5:28 pm

A 33% discount on a product that is already marked up at least 100% (and of dubious quality – how ’bout them greasy pizzas!) isn’t enough to entice me to purchase a ticket package.

BraveMan

January 23rd, 2012
5:28 pm

Another break for the well-heeled. The average fan, who can’t afford season tickets, gets what? How about more wins drawing bigger crowds?

DawgDad

January 23rd, 2012
5:28 pm

They’re going to Spring Training with no experienced MLB shortstop capable of playing every day, the weakest outfield in the majors, and a beat-up or green pitching staff and they’re CUTTING prices? PLEASE keep the money and buy some players!

Thrashers fan!

January 23rd, 2012
5:30 pm

@Ron Roberts I’ve been saying the same thing for 5 years. Turner field is the 2nd biggest stadium in the league. If we had a smaller stadium like the Phillies we would be selling out games all the time.

Stinger2

January 23rd, 2012
5:34 pm

I see this as a small good will gesture at best. Problem is that its not an incentive that will appeal to all fans.
If a fan or a family does not want or cannot afford the discounted food or soda, there is no reason to buy 20 or more tickets and tie up your cash. A more aggressive approach would be to lower ticket prices in some way for the midweek, early season, or any other games which are projected to have low attendance. Empty seats generate no revenue. On an April Tuesday night for example, maybe they sell 15 to 17k tickets at regular price. A buy one and get 2nd for 50 pct off would put 30to 34k in the seats with 50 pct more revenue.

Simpson's Homer

January 23rd, 2012
5:35 pm

Hmmmm….. our division rivals Marlins and Nationals upgrade their rosters significantly, and we knock a buck or 2 off of a mediocre hot dog. Sigh………

Chaz

January 23rd, 2012
5:35 pm

I’d buy season tickets if I got 50% off beers.

george

January 23rd, 2012
5:39 pm

any promotion which gets more people in the seats is great. as a grandfather of tweens who still enjoy baseball (and doing things with me) i hope they will also offer more ticket/merchandise/concession packages. tie in with local hotels would also be welcome as we live about 3 hours away.

ND

January 23rd, 2012
5:39 pm

When you can take as much food and drinks (no alcohol or cans) as you want into the stadium why would you want to buy any to begin with?

keepinitreal

January 23rd, 2012
5:43 pm

This makes me wonder if early ticket sales for next season aren’t looking good. There’s no doubt that the Braves are going to have to win some people back on to the bandwagon after the September collapse and no signficant offseason moves. I expect to see some really sparse crowds at Turner Field, at least early on. As always, if they win, the fans will come back.

the truth

January 23rd, 2012
5:44 pm

Dear Braves Marketing Genius. How about lowering the overall cost of all concessions. $4.50 for a bottled water, soft drink etc. ???? As long as you can bring food and beverage into the stadium you won’t get any of my money. Charge a reasonable amount, $2.00 – $2.50 and I would buy and you would make a little money off me. Meanwhile, you try to rape us for all we are worth. Marketing / Sales 101. A small percentage of something is better than 0% of nothing. Does not take a Harvard MBA to figure that out.

keepinitreal

January 23rd, 2012
5:44 pm

But I will say it’s a nice gesture by the Braves.

MannyT

January 23rd, 2012
5:47 pm

I like the idea of doing a little extra for the fans that have shown a higher level of commitment.

All this babble about I would go to the games if… is bogus talk. When the team was very good, it didn’t regularly sell out. When it has been less successful it hasn’t sold out either. The locals should just be honest…most are not inclined to go to pro sports in Atlanta, be it anything but football.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

labalt

January 23rd, 2012
5:47 pm

if u have season tickets you already have money..how about cutting the prices for EVERYONE.. then folks like me who drive the 3 hours a few times a year can afford to eat there a

marketer

January 23rd, 2012
5:56 pm

Just charge them to go to the bathroom.

smallmouth6

January 23rd, 2012
5:58 pm

Outstanding. It’s about time. Now, let us have baseball between innings and not all that between inning entertainment (except for the kiss cam–that’s pretty cool). Good move Braves.

Kevin

January 23rd, 2012
6:02 pm

Let’s not forget how ridiculously expensive parking is

extremus

January 23rd, 2012
6:07 pm

The logic of this price-slashing is severely flawed even if well-intentioned. We are in the middle of an economy where the average family (such as mine) MAY get to go to the stadium one time during a season, and then it’s a true vacation-level thing. News flash: the average family CANNOT AFFORD season tickets.

I know the intent of the price slash is to encourage more folks to invest in season tickets, but it’s a serious rub to the vast majority of Braves fans who see a specific segment (namely, those already well-off enough for discounts not to make that big a difference either way) catered to in a favoritist fashion. Next thing you know, the dugout-level seats will be renamed “The 1 Percent Club”.

Seriously, this promotion needs to be re-thought because it’s unintentionally sending the WRONG message: rewarding the wealthier fans with price discounts not offered to everyone on equal terms.

Jesus

January 23rd, 2012
6:09 pm

For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
Matthew 13:11-13

YouKidding?

January 23rd, 2012
6:09 pm

You gotta be kidding. You think this will apprease us that suffered though last year with you? Especially that last 10 games.? Most people cannot afford to go to a game, let alone eat there. What genius thought this up? The same one that hired fredi?

Kevin Chop

January 23rd, 2012
6:09 pm

Iabalt…Good point. I would figure the season ticket holders are the companies and locals around Atlanta,but that is not the heart of the fan base! The true Braves fans are the ones who come from Columbus,Macon,Mongomery, Knoxville, Birmingham, Charletston..etc. How about giving big discounts for those fans who drive all the way from these places to see their Braves play? Also, out some damn money in your ball club and get a star to come to Atlanta and you will have more fans buy season tickets. The richest owners in baseball and they are the biggest penny pinchers I have ever seen. What a joke. If you thought attendance was bad last year, wait until this year with that bad taste in our mouths from that collaspe and not making any moves after in the offseason.

Kevin Chop

January 23rd, 2012
6:10 pm

Amen Kidding

YouKidding?

January 23rd, 2012
6:12 pm

Back at ya Kevin

Steve

January 23rd, 2012
6:14 pm

Plus you can BRING YOUR OWN beverages (In Plastic) and food for free! Can’t stand the complainers. Grab a sub at Publix and bring it with you.

ImOBESE

January 23rd, 2012
6:23 pm

Okay I just bought season tickets (whatever those are). What section do I go to for the best food? And does this “Turner Field” have moving sidewalks or free electric scooters?

Heart of the Fan Base

January 23rd, 2012
6:24 pm

Charleston & Knoxville?

Tommy

January 23rd, 2012
6:25 pm

That is a good idea. However, what about the normal guy who tries to take his kid to the game. I have to save for a while to go with my son. It just seems that the people with money always get the break. But I applaud the Braves for doing this.

bobbymahlon

January 23rd, 2012
6:29 pm

Boy you people are something, if you didn’t charge anything some of you would still complain.

Gimme a Break

January 23rd, 2012
6:31 pm

Want to send the Braves a message about the high concession prices? Start a movement to make no stadium purchases during the first home stand. Worked for the HOT Lanes on I-85. Consumers have the power. If you really think the product is overpriced – don’t buy it.

slobberknocker

January 23rd, 2012
6:31 pm

All right. More junk food for fat asses. Maybe the need to widen the seats for the sn ticket holders if they are going to do that. I never have and never will eat that crap in the stadium as I usually tailgate before the game. The one thing they could do to draw fans, lowering beer prices, they won’t or can’t do for legal reasons. I remember when they had all you can eat seats. I wonder what the average weight per fan was in those areas. Try a good team. Try a good hitting team. That might work. This is BS at it’s best

wayn-o

January 23rd, 2012
6:38 pm

How about letting me bring my own food, & not charge for parking… oh yeah and a team that can hit

G. Tampa Bedwetter

January 23rd, 2012
6:50 pm

Exactly what is Heyward supposed to bounce back to …………… worthless to sorry?

Steve

January 23rd, 2012
6:53 pm

wayn-o, you can bring your own food genious.

Tickets for Food : baseballmusings.com

January 23rd, 2012
7:02 pm

[...] The Braves will give season ticket holders a 33% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages this season. That’s seems like a sweet deal, as long as the team doesn’t jack up the food prices too much. The Braves are trying to boost attendance after ranking 14th in the majors in 2011 with an average home attendance of 29,296. They sold 2,372,940 tickets at Turner Field, their lowest home total since 2.32 million paid in 2004. [...]

OldTimer

January 23rd, 2012
7:02 pm

The ship has sailed, the Braves aren’t on it.

Logan

January 23rd, 2012
7:04 pm

I’m sticking with Skip. “if you promise to patronize our sponsors you can walk the dog.”

blazerdawg

January 23rd, 2012
7:06 pm

Like the food at the Ted. Aramark does the concessions and they have virtually the same menu and prices in the majority of MLB parks. Any price reduction of anything right now is a good thing.

Re: the Ted being too large – sure it may not sell out as easily, but when it does it rocks. Not too many places you can see a baseball game with 52K+ anymore.

Harvey's

January 23rd, 2012
7:09 pm

Trade Heyward now….bad attitude!!!!!

YouKidding?

January 23rd, 2012
7:14 pm

slobberknocker says, “more junk food for fat asses,” but he wants more beer for less money. So where is all your weight? In your “beer” belly? Just, for once, how about a decent ballclub, and a new manager?

rally

January 23rd, 2012
7:16 pm

How about 99cent a ticket and and 99cent food? My gosh what a novel concept……come on where’s my government subsidy so I can piggyback on all the top earners. Maybe they should just give it all away for free for one year. If I can get a Church’es three piece meal and a biscuit for 2.69 with tax it costs me three bucks….who gives a rats tail about $1.50 off a $8.00 drink at the game. Get real you greedy slimes……

ohhhhYEAH

January 23rd, 2012
7:20 pm

The reason the Ted doesnt sell out every single night is a lot less complicated than some of you think, compared to why Philthy, New York, Boston, etc sell out almost every night. During the week, too many people simply cannot sit at a stadium for 3= hours while they have children to put to bed, have work to finish, homework to do, etc. The mid-week games seem to affect Atlanta more drastically simply because of the population. Philadelphia, NY, Boston, Chicago and all these other teams that sell out on a nightly basis easily have right at or over a million people in their city. We have less than half of that to fill the seats at the Ted. Simple math. The big city teams have more people, therefore more opportunities, on a nightly basis to sell every seat in the house

ohhhhYEAH

January 23rd, 2012
7:26 pm

Also, I do agree that this does nothing to help your “average joe.” What about the guy who comes up from south Georgia or down from middle Tennessee? There’s no way these people could be season ticket holders, it’s unrealistic for them to even be expected to go to 5 or 6 games a year. Much less 30 or 40. I want a deal that benefits these fans as well, but as stated before by others, I do commend them for doing something.

YouKidding?

January 23rd, 2012
7:27 pm

It’s not about selling out a ballgame. It’s about a thousand percent markup on the crap they sell. Not to mention, owners that don’t care, a general manager that doesn’t care and a manager that can’t manage. People need a little more incentive to spend what little money they have on that overpriced crap and going home losers anyway.

Paula Dean

January 23rd, 2012
7:28 pm

I was sittin on the fence, y’all, but this deal is too good to pass up! Put me down for 2 seats.

YouKidding?

January 23rd, 2012
7:31 pm

The Braves were hoping for more Paula. How about a row of seats? Just don’t buy the “food”, it’s bad for ya

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2012
7:33 pm

People need a little more incentive to spend what little money they have on that overpriced crap and going home losers anyway. — YouKidding?

Braves’ 47-34 home record was fourth-best in NL and tied for seventh in majors last season. So unless you knew throughout the season that they were going to collapse in September and miss the playoffs, I’m wondering how you connect last year’s lower attendance with losing? Did you actually attend any games, YouKidding? Be honest now.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

January 23rd, 2012
7:37 pm

how about a discount beer? like natty light, or the girl in the moon, or some busch?

now we are talking…

YouKidding?

January 23rd, 2012
7:39 pm

Yes, I did attend the game, and I bought the overpriced food and drink. The first game I went to I bought the pizza and a coke. Not anytime thereafter. I watched as Fred mismanaged again and again. He burned out our best pitchers, and how about bringing Train Wreck Lowe in time and time again. Not to mention, when Huddy was hurt on the mound, and fredi didn’t even look at him. Braves could have done better than 4th best, with the right leadership. It truly felt like the Braves lost more than they won, and you have a lot more money than most.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

January 23rd, 2012
7:44 pm

I agree with DOB, it is not the product on the field that keeps folks away (save Sept.), it is the entire pain in the rear experience associated with Turner Field and yes, I held season tickets until this year and I let them drop.

Why, I can sum it up in a few phrases:

Parking – expensive & inconvenient.

Transportation – MARTA connection is terrible (cattle call); driving down during rush hour and home late at night to Buckhead or the ‘burbs is dangerous and difficult.

Food and Drink: overpriced & average.

Tickets: always available (exc. Cubs, Yanks, Bosox) yet expensive. You are better off buying them off the street.

Area of stadium: Really, do you want to go to Turner Field and hang out in the neighborhood? Not knocking the ‘hood itself, it is just that there is nothing to do in the area (i.e. see Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, Camden Yards, etc.)

Hanging out in the concrete parking lot 2 hours before the game tossing a frisbee is fun (for 5 minutes).

Look I am a lifelong Brave’s fan and always will be, but they need to pay some attention to the entire experience, what it costs and why attendence is not better.

Just my 2 cents worth, your mileage will vary.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

January 23rd, 2012
7:49 pm

PS: lowering these prices is a start and I applaud the move; however, like several bloggers have pointed out, it does not help the average guy who sees a 1/2 dozen games a year and drives in from Bremen, Cumming, or Chattanooga.

smallmouth6

January 23rd, 2012
7:53 pm

Wow. Baseball takes a break, but pessimism apparently doesn’t.

Sports fan

January 23rd, 2012
7:56 pm

I can’t stand downtown Atlanta. The city itself is run by thieves, policed by incompetents, and populated by impulsive violent people. That is the main problem. The Falcons have the same problem.

ohhhhYEAH

January 23rd, 2012
7:58 pm

I think a great idea would be to do promotionals during the weekend series’ such as 50% or even jsut 33% off all concessions (except beer if it can’t be done), that would reward all the fans, not jsut season ticket holders, and especially the out-of-town crowd, since they addend mostly weekend games anyway.

Just my humble input. Maybe we’ll see it happen

ohhhhYEAH

January 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Sports fan

January 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

I am a nervous paranoid fool that is suspicious of everyone, including folks in my hometown, Gastonia, NC.

ohhhhYEAH

January 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

attend** Man, I really should have proof-read that before posting.

bad brad

January 23rd, 2012
8:00 pm

DOB, you sound like a Braves apologist with your comments. If they don’t put a better team on the field, then they should cut beer prices and we can drink them pretty.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

January 23rd, 2012
8:05 pm

Bad Brad, you and I were apparently separated at birth.

redhousecat

January 23rd, 2012
8:06 pm

I didn’t read all the comments, but you do know they raised the price of season tickets this year. I would rather them keep the same ticket price and food price as last year instead of raising the price of season tickets. But hell, I’d like to see them spend a little on a player or two as well. I can wish in one hand and Sheet in the other and see which one I get first.

Chief Knock a homer's teepee in the outfield...

January 23rd, 2012
8:12 pm

I can’t imagine anyone purchasing season tickets after that debacle in the last 20 games of last year. Pathetic. It’s going to take a great deal more than some money off a sub standard hot dog and a fountain soda that costs $.09 before the horrific mark up to get me to come down there. Let the fleecing of ATL begin!!!

Skeezix

January 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

Dave: My guess is that this shows how upset fans still are about last season’s outcome–and the fact that, despite the epic collapse, management/ownership has done little do address the concerns about the offense. Even lower prices won’t offset that anger.

Skeezix

January 23rd, 2012
8:17 pm

I fear that if the Bravos don’t get off to a great start in 2012– attendance and fan interest in 2012 will be pathetic. Methinks that Braves management/owners have misread how upset we fans are.

Hooters!

January 23rd, 2012
8:19 pm

I didn’t attend a single Braves game last season. However, iIplan to go to 3 games in 2012. and I hope the New York Yankees stomp the living hell out of the Braves.

Steve

January 23rd, 2012
8:25 pm

To follow-up on what “Orange Brave” said, I think the main issue is the location of the stadium. What a huge pain to get there, especially during the week in traffic. I would guess at least 80% of the people who go live in Buckhead and north of Buckhead. I would be willing to bet that if a stadium were in the Dunwoody/Doraville area, they would average at least 35,000 per game. There is NOTHING around Turner Field as well except crime. I have been lucky enough to go to several stadiums and every single one of them, including Cincinnati and Houston, had plenty to do around their stadiums before and after games. Unfortunately, Turner Field is only 15 years old or so which means we are stuck with it for at least 10 more years. Nice stadium, bad location. I still don’t understand why they did not figure out a way to expand the MARTA train to the stadium for the Olympics and then just leave it for the Braves. Go Braves!

Kat

January 23rd, 2012
8:28 pm

@Steve: If you are going to insult wayn-o (even though he SHOULD have known you could bring in your own food by the previous comments), you REALLY should have spelled “genius” correctly (Steve = “genious”).

I haven’t been to a Braves game in a while. It is WAY too expensive for my budget – tickets, food (because I like the authenticity of stadium food and am too lazy to bring my own and manage to keep it hot/cold), and parking. However, if the Braves have a lot of costs that cannot be lowered – such as salaries, then I think they should be able to do better than what they’ve outlined here. If you have to buy 20+ games to get the discount, then you are probably doing okay financially and/or you probably already bring your own food/drink because you are smart and financially astute.

They should lower the costs for the people who spend so much for a one-off baseball game opportunity. The father/son or father/daughter (etc etc) outings, the grandfather and grandson and so forth. THESE are the fans that want to be there and do what they can to be supportive. THESE are the people that the marketing people need to reach in order to show their appreciation and to encourage additional visits.

I don’t read DOB’s articles often, but I’m unsure whether it is supposed to be news or opinion here. If it’s news, then your bias is maddening. If it is opinion, then your marketing bent needs help.

Steve

January 23rd, 2012
8:32 pm

Kat, I can’t believe I made a typo! First mistake I have ever made! Thank you for pointing that out! Obviously I know how to spell genius. Get a life.

YouKidding

January 23rd, 2012
8:50 pm

Skeezix, thanks for saying how myself, and most of the fans are feeling. I don’t think management knows just how upset the fans are either. This little pittance, that only helps the wealthy, is not going to change all the ticked of people out here. I will not be going to another Braves game, management has sat on their tushes and done nothing. I will too.

Elmer Gantry

January 23rd, 2012
9:12 pm

Lets see….. keep concession prices the same and upgrade the ballclub or do cut-rate concessions as a way to say, “sorry we aren’t going to improve our product on the field.?”

Don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see which marketing direction Braves management chose.

Gwinnett Fred

January 23rd, 2012
9:27 pm

The problem isn’t with the Braves, it’s baseball in general.

3 hour games just are not condusive to drawing crowds unless you team is kicking butt. So now that we’ve ruled out all but about 6-8 really good teams we face the fact that school is only out for about a month and a half these days. So a minimum of 2/3 to 3/4 of all teams find it difficult to draw FAMILIES (and you don’t boost attendance much if I come to the game vs my family of 4) to the games because they end so late and the “attendance will pick up now that school is out” is limited to only about 20 home games. So for about half the games (2/3 to 3/4 lowered with respect to weekend games) of the home schedule – school is in and 3 hour games (and lets face it – baseball is pretty damn boring to most kids, and some adults) just don’t cut it when you don’t get home until 1030 to 1100pm. Hell, forget school, most of us with a job need to get home before 11pm to get to work the next morning.

Start games at 7, have MLB quit talking about getting games back to 215 to 230 on average and DO something about it, then put a good team on the field and attendance will take care of itself without the “bargain” of STILL having to pay $5 for a bucks worth of french fries or $2.50 for a quarters worth of Coke!

Col. Klink

January 23rd, 2012
9:30 pm

Das a start with the discounts. Ve need more German beer in das stadium

HENRY

January 23rd, 2012
9:33 pm

PEOPLE THAT SPEND ALL THAT MONEY GOING TO A GAME ARE STUPID…..AND YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID

Scott from Fairburn

January 23rd, 2012
9:35 pm

People need a little more incentive to spend what little money they have on that overpriced crap and going home losers anyway. — YouKidding?

Braves’ 47-34 home record was fourth-best in NL and tied for seventh in majors last season. So unless you knew throughout the season that they were going to collapse in September and miss the playoffs, I’m wondering how you connect last year’s lower attendance with losing? Did you actually attend any games, YouKidding? Be honest now.

There goes DOB spreading facts again … People griping about lowering the price of concessions … Geez …

Freddi G

January 23rd, 2012
9:36 pm

I’m on a mission to bring the whole experience of Marlins baseball to Atlanta. Sagging attendance was a big selling point in my decision to manage here. Oh, and I appreciated how they handled the Escobar situation – I never met a shortstop I didn’t want to bench, trade, or cut, as Alex discovered. Can’t wait to get my teeth into Pastor’s nickies.

Kristin

January 23rd, 2012
9:48 pm

It’s so obvious that many of you complain just to complain and haven’t even looked into ticket discounts. Someone mentioned how games early in the season should be discounted – guess what last season they were! From last year’s schedule: “Value Days: The Braves are offering huge discounts on Monday through Thursday games from April 12th – May 17th and from August 30th – September 28th.” There was also the Buck Belue 5 Buck Night every Monday and 2 for $30 Tuesday and Wednesdays all season.

The Braves have many different season ticket holder levels and there are many normal families with 15, 20, 30, or 40 game plans. There are also easy ways to share a plan between families/groups to make it more affordable. I’m no where near “the 1%”, but I can afford a couple seats on the 40 game plan and will spend my summer at the Ted. The food discount is a great perk, just like the discounted parking pass. They aren’t things that would make me get season tickets, but they are nice perks since I have season tickets.

Am I happy about the way 2011 ended? Of course not. But I had a blast throughout the year going to games and spending time at the Ted. I can’t wait for Opening Day and the hope that the beginning of each new season brings.

William

January 23rd, 2012
9:53 pm

Oh yeah what is milwaukee and st louis’s reason for sellouts?

Jeana

January 23rd, 2012
9:56 pm

You know, you can bring your own food, people.

smallmouth6

January 23rd, 2012
9:58 pm

Henry, the caps lock button is near your pinky finger on your left hand.

Steve

January 23rd, 2012
9:59 pm

Gwinnett Fred you must not follow baseball. Most games do start at 7.

Braves Season Ticket Holder

January 23rd, 2012
10:00 pm

I am a long-time Braves Season Ticket Holder with Type 2 Diabetes, and I cannot (safely) eat most of the stuff they serve at the ballpark, anyway. Therefore, I abstain, regardless of the price.

I will continue to eat a protein or meal-replacement bar in traffic after work on my down to the ballpark instead of paying still-OVERinflated prices for low-quality [ahem] “food” that will make me too drowsy or nauseous to enjoy the game (i.e. the reason I am there in the first place).

Go, Braves!

Lonnie Smith

January 23rd, 2012
10:01 pm

JACK WILSON! JACK WILSON! JACK WILSON!

Atl

January 23rd, 2012
10:04 pm

You have it all wrong. There are 3 main reasons why the braves don’t sell out more games.
The biggest is since I was a kid in the 80’s they were on tv almost every game. So I didn’t have to beg my parents to watch them. They were on tbs channel 17 all the time. Most other cities didn’t have them on nearly enough. Even the cubs were rarely on wgn. Maybe 2 times a week if I recall. I still went to a couple of games per year and they stunk!

Reason 2 is what another poster mentioned. The city limits of Alt is only about 500,000. And that is parts of north dekalb and buckhead. It’s a good 30 minutes of normal traffic to get to TF from there. There is NO subway like every other major city has that drops you off at the stadium. And parking is not cheap. And if you live on the northside of town in kennesaw or roswell or alpharetta or cumming or buford, it’s a hour drive to get home and with gas prices where they are (thanks prezbo) driving there and back is a half tank or $15-20 depending on your car.

The 3rd reason is they aren’t WINNING! That choke last year was vintage braves but this time the regular season. the braves did sell out and led the majors in the 90’s when the winning finally came. Then we got tired of post season losing. It gets old watching the same story every year. I don’t care what city you’re in, if you make the post season 14 times and only win one championship, you will see less spectators toward the end of that run and the years after. People become complacent.

The FINE PRINT

January 23rd, 2012
10:05 pm

This discount does not apply to alcoholic beverages, and is not valid at the following locations: Chick-fil-A, 755 Club, Chop House, Georgia’s Own Credit Union Club, at all portable or temporary stands (including Dippin’Dots, Bavarian Nuts, Sno Cones, etc.), roaming/in-seat vendors, or Club Level Action Stations. Average 1/3 discount across all items. Additional program details to be communicated via braves.com.

Mtn Brave

January 23rd, 2012
10:06 pm

They could have applied that discount to beer and tickets as marked up as they are. Same as the falcons should. 7-8 a beer? Look at the price for a hotdog. Best deal is all you can eat popcorn and they are still making a killing..

Joe Lunch-bucket

January 23rd, 2012
10:10 pm

How about dropping the price of concessions by 25% on everything, for everybody ? ! ? !

The FINE PRINT

January 23rd, 2012
10:10 pm

Excluding traffic, the REAL reason Turner Field does not sell out regularly is because of the “urban” element around the ballpark that is always coming up to families just and axing them for free money.

Additionally adding the “Turner Field Atmosphere” that drive paying customers away, the sidewalks and parking lots around the stadium all smell like urine and vomit.

When you watch the game at home on TV, no jaywalking, jivetalking panhandlers can come to you and annoy you and make your couch smell like #1.

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