It’s been a rough offseason, as team after team prepares for the worst. But it looks like hard work pays off: the Trenton Thunder announced ticket sales were up 17 percent over the same date in 2008.It’s been a rough offseason, as team after team prepares for the worst. But it looks like hard work pays off: the Trenton Thunder announced ticket sales were up 17 percent over the same date in 2008.
"It is obvious that people have started thinking about baseball and are looking forward to the beginning of the Thunder season on April 8," said Thunder General Manager Will Smith. "During several days last week we had people lined up at our ticket window in the middle of the day."
You can’t say the team hasn’t been working it hard: earlier this year the Trenton front office announced kids would eat free at the ballpark for every game (a move that didn’t make national headlines, to our surprise).
Last week, ticket sales increased by 17 percent over the same week last year.
Mini Ticket Package (5 to 9 games), Pic-A-Plan (choose your own 10 or more games), and Flex Pack (7 undated vouchers) sales are up over the same week last year. Pic-A-Plans topped the list at 26 percent over last year at this time.
The sale of group tickets (20 or more tickets) was up 22 percent over the same week last year.
Tickets reserved for Opening Day are at 79 percent of the capacity of the ballpark. That number is expected to grow toward a sellout as April 8 gets closer.
The Yankee Club & Conference Center, the 100-person restaurant on the luxury suite level at Waterfront Park, has availability remaining for just 14 of 71 games during the 2009 season.
Online ticket sales are on pace to surpass last season’s total online sales.
"The weather has started to feel like baseball season again and word is spreading about our Kids Eat Free promotion," added Smith. "People may have been more cautious about making long-term purchases but now that the season is here, and we remain such an affordable entertainment destination, people are rushing to be a part of it."
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