Los Angeles Dodgers single-game tickets go on sale Saturday, with prices unchanged from last season and the team figuring to
benefit from fans joyful over the signing of slugging outfielder Manny Ramirez.
The start of single-game ticket sales "couldn't come at a better time" -- three days after Ramirez's signing, Dodgers Director of Ticket Sales David Siegel said.
Since Ramirez's signing Wednesday, "there's definitely been a buzz like we haven't seen all off-season," Siegel said, with both more calls coming into the ticket department about season ticket and partial-season ticket plans. Siegel said sales are strong, but he provided no details.
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Fans wishing to purchase tickets at Dodger Stadium can enter via the Sunset Gate as early as 8 a.m. and receive numbered wristbands until a starting number is randomly selected at 8:45 a.m. There is no advantage to arriving before 8 a.m.
The person with the selected number will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets at 10 a.m. and the remainder of the group will be served in numerical sequence.
Fans arriving after 8:45 a.m. will receive a different color wristband and that group will be able to buy tickets after the first.
There is a limit to four tickets per person for the Dodgers' April 13 home opener against the San Francisco Giants. Opening Day tickets are expected to sell out "very, very quickly," according to Siegel.
Opening Day tickets sold out in 30 minutes last year after selling out in 15 minutes or less each of the previous two years. The bulk of the 56,000 tickets for Opening Day are sold through season and partial-season ticket plans and will continue to be available after Saturday through those plans.
Ticket prices are unchanged this year following several seasons of increases. The team had been planning to increase prices -- and inadvertently placed a price list on its Web site last week that included increases -- but decided against it because of the worsening economy, Charles Steinberg, the team's chief marketing officer, told the Los Angeles Times.
Siegel described sales of season tickets and partial season-tickets as "going pretty well" despite the recession and what had been the uncertainty over whether Ramirez would return to the team.
"With the state of the economy, we are taking every single account and really reaching out to them personally one by one and finding out what we can do to find the package that works out for them," Siegel told City News Service.
"We can't do things the way they've always been done. We have to leave no stone unturned and find creative packages for everyone."