The Detroit Tigers' decision last week to move to digital ticketing and eliminate almost all paper tickets for games at Comerica Park drew a chorus of online boos from fans and ticket collectors.It also has a street-level economic effect: Scalping tickets on the street becomes harder.Digital tickets show up on your mobile device and use a bar code that's scanned upon ballpark entry. For the Tigers, they're available for sale only via a Major League Baseball app or through official MLB resale partner StubHub's app.That means to scalp, each party now has to trade their email address with a stranger. Will fans trust the person with the "NEED TICKETS" sign around this neck on Brush Street? If they do, they can exchange information. The MLB app allows only ticket forwarding, so a street scalper could send tickets in return for cash.Street-level ticket arbitrage has long been the bête noire of teams, artists and concert promoters and promoting e-tickets within their own sales ecosystem … [Read more...] about Tigers’ digital tickets: Street scalpers’ bane?
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The Detroit News Published 9:35 AM EST Dec 1, 2018 The 2018 season felt like a celebration of the 1984 Tigers, with Alan Trammell and Jack Morris entering the Baseball Hall of Fame, and later having their numbers retired at Comerica Park. The Tigers will back at it in 2019, too, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the franchise's fourth and last World Series championship. The team announced this week a special ticket package that includes five games, and features several giveaways exclusive to those who buy the ticket package. The cost is $105, which includes five game tickets, and a giveaway for each — including a limited-edition Alan Trammell-Lou Whitaker Bobblehead, featuring the double-play combo in their famous back-to-back pose first made famous on the cover of the 1979 Tigers Yearbook. The games are: ►Saturday, May 18, vs A's: 1984 World Series championship pennant. ►Saturday, June 29, vs. Nationals: Sparky Annderson Bobblehead. ►Saturday, July … [Read more...] about Tigers ’84 ticket package to include Trammell-Whitaker Bobblehead
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 3:35 PM EDT Oct 3, 2018 The Detroit Tigers, certainly, are in full rebuild mode. But there's one thing they won't soon have to upgrade — the turnstiles at Comerica Park. They didn't get much use this year. The Tigers saw a significant drop in attendance in 2018, down nearly a half-million fans from the 2017 season. The drop of 464,629 was the fourth-steepest decline in all of Major League Baseball. The Tigers, who finished the season 64-98 — fifth-worst in baseball — averaged 23,212 fans for their 81 home games, in the bottom third of MLB teams. That included 80 gates, as there was one traditional doubleheader. Their total attendance of 1,856,970 was their lowest since 2003; that was the year they lost an American League-record 119 games. Detroit only boasted one sellout this season, on Opening Day, and even that is up for debate, given there were plenty of tickets available right up until first pitch. … [Read more...] about Tigers suffer fourth-biggest attendance decline in MLB
Christine Ferretti The Detroit News Published 2:05 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Detroit — Not since Daffy Duck has a bird made such a cartoonish blunder and yet been so adored for it. Fair or fowl, the Detroit Tigers’ unofficial mascot, the Rally Goose, has become the talk of the town ever since its perilous fall from grace at Comerica Park on Wednesday night sparked some sizzling baseball. A day later, a hero emerged from the stands. Tigers season-ticket holder Catherine Roach, who happens to be a part-time veterinarian at Advanced Animal Emergency Clinton Township, was revealed as the bird’s savior. Roach was among the fans waiting out a second rain delay in the sixth-inning of the Tigers-Angels game when the Canada goose that wandered onto the field made a failed attempt to fly out, smacking instead into a scoreboard and tumbling into the stands below. "It happened right above our seats. I didn't see him hit, but I heard it, and I saw him bounce … [Read more...] about Veterinarian golden for Tigers’ rally goose
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