Nats offer standing-room only tickets for Strasmas
With Strasmas eve on the horizon, the Nats announced that they are now releasing even more seats for Stephen Strasburg's debut to the buying public. The headline is the 2,000 standing-room only tickets for $10 apiece, which are going on sale at the box office at 1 on Tuesday. That's in addition to the 400 $5 seats that, as usual, will go on sale when the gates open, two-and-a-half hours before the first pitch. That means I'm going to be standing at the box office all day on Tuesday, interviewing people, along with random NPR reporters, no doubt.
Also, individual seats in the Party Suites ($95) and the Jefferson Suites ($145) are now for sale, offering patrons "contoured leather seats," indoor and outdoor seating, and other amenities. (Minimum two seats per order.) This is the first time the team has ever sold individual suite seats. You can get them at the Nats' Web site.
The team has previously announced that all gates and areas of the stadium will open at 4:30 for the game, and has repeatedly encouraged fans to arrive early and to take Metro. This is the doomsday game that we were all imagining during the repeated pleas to take Metro and allow extra time in the first few months of Nats Park.
And interestingly, these new seats come on the market even as there's evidence of further softening in Strasburg secondary ticket market. FanSnap's latest report, issued Sunday, said that Strasburg tickets "have come down in average price from their high of $109.73 on June 1 to $79.35. The lowest price tickets are now $24 from greatseats.com."
And StubHub is still listing more than 3,000 June 8 tickets, with an entry point of $22. Remember, the entry point was more than $50 the day the start date was announced. There are more than 70 available seats for less than 30 bucks.
And let's not forget that Strasburg completely destroyed the ticket market for June 4. This image, from a few hours before that game began, shows how many tickets you could find for less than a buck.
In other mania news, the Nats' media relations folks sent out a primer for Tuesday's action, which said "we are expecting a playoff-like media attendance" and that "all media are encouraged to use public transportation." There will be two auxiliary media work rooms, boxed meals and a post-game Strasburg press conference, which will be "his lone media availability over the next three days."
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