Team Awards Record 75 Season Tickets Valued at Nearly $115,000
Through their annual one-of-a-kind season ticket scholarship program for fans experiencing financial hardships, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that 20 families will receive a total of 75 lower-level season tickets valued at nearly $115,000 to attend D-backs games at Chase Field during the 2011 season.
A group of D-backs employees, including President & CEO Derrick Hall and Special Assistant Luis Gonzalez, surprised Phoenix resident Randi Caudle at her home this morning by awarding her four season tickets for her family to attend D-backs games at Chase Field in 2011. Caudle’s husband, Dale, nominated her for the season-ticket scholarship program because they have not been able to attend many D-backs games over the past couple of years since she is the family’s soul provider by working full-time at Fry’s Food Store and also attending Estrella Mountain Community College as a full-time student.
The D-backs also provided parking passes and food concession coupons to some families experiencing additional hardships. The team received nearly 100 online nominations prior to the Nov. 30 deadline. Those families or individuals who did not receive season tickets were awarded tickets to multiple games throughout the 2011 season.
“Challenging economic situations for the Caudle family and the other 19 families we awarded season-ticket scholarships to this year are the reason we created this first-of-its-kind program three years ago,” Hall said. “It is extremely rewarding to give assistance to our fans during a time in need because we can offer a break to some of the difficult circumstances these families are experiencing.”
The D-backs have given a total of 179 season tickets valued at nearly $365,000 to 57 families during the season ticket scholarship program’s four years of existence.
Keeping ticket prices affordable for families to attend games at Chase Field has been a priority for the D-backs. The team has had the lowest average ticket price among all Major League Baseball teams and all Valley professional sports teams for the last four seasons. The D-backs identified many affordable merchandise and concession items throughout Chase Field during the 2010 season with their “value items” logo, including more than 12 concession items that were $4 or less and seven items in the Team Shop available for less than $10.
One more sign that baseball season is coming: the turf is being put in at Chase Field today.
This will give the sod and grass just over four weeks to set in before the D-backs play their first game on the field against the Chicago Cubs for the final two exhibition games on April 2 and 3 (those tickets go on sale Saturday, more on that below).
As of the time of this blog post, we are just 33 days away (793 1/2 hours if you want to break it down further) from the first pitch of the regular season against the Padres at Chase Field.
Regular Season Tickets On Sale Saturday
The D-backs will begin offering tickets to all 81 regular season games — including Opening Day — plus the two aforementioned games against the Cubs at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 6.
In addition to purchasing tickets at Chase Field, you can call 602.514.8400 or 1.800.777.4664 if you’re outside the Phoenix area. Additionally, you can visit dbacks.com or go to any one of the 36 Ticketmaster Retail Outlets in Arizona, including 28 Fry’s Food Stores or Fry’s Marketplace locations.
The majority of tickets will range from $8-60 and schedule highlights include Opening Day, a weekend series against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies April 23-25, a three-game interleague series against the World Series champion New York Yankees June 21-23, a Fourth of July weekend series against the Dodgers July 2-4 and a three-game set with the Cubs July 5-7.
If you want to lock in your seats before tickets go on sale Saturday, fans can buy various packages including the 6-Pack or 10-Pack Plus. The 10-Pack Plus includes tickets to any combination of 10 games, $10 in D-backs to purchase merchandise at Team Shop locations or food at any concession stand inside Chase Field, and a $5 gift card from Circle-K. Fans interested in purchasing mini-plans can go to dbacks.com/6pack or dbacks.com/10pack.