Friend of WasWatching.com Sean McNally shared with me today that he’s had a half-season package for the Washington Nationals for three years and recently went through their relocation/allocation process.
The Nats started by taking a $150 deposit mid-last-season from all current holders and new customers. Then, those folks were given a 25 (or so) question survey about seating preferences (aisle, section, etc.).
Later, in early December 2007, Sean was assigned his seats. The relo-seats were assigned in decending order – longest term holders down to new customers. Those groups were then divided by type of package: full, half then partial.
According to Sean, his new seats are a little higher up (in the upper deck behind homeplate) than he requested – but, they’re roughly the same spot. The new seats are $16 a piece, up from last year’s cost of $14 each. All told, Sean said it was a relatively painless process to be relocated in the Nats’ new park.
I have to confess, as much as I am a died in the wool Yankees fan, there’s a part of me that is jealous of fans who are connected to teams like the Nationals, A’s, Twins, etc., who are getting new parks and not being hassled in terms of getting good, affordable, seats (and the like).
There’s no way, at all, with respect to the new Yankee Stadium relo-plans (TBA), that Yankees season ticket holders will only see a 14% increase in their ticket prices, and will also sit just about where they request, like the deal Sean got with the Nats.
I just don’t see it happening at all.