4/12/08

Buffet Baseball?

Spring is in the air, you know that that means? BASEBALL!! WOOOT! I know Amy loves her Yanks, but I'm a hometown girl and I root for my Jays. My uncle used to have season tickets when we were kids so my brothers and I went to a lot of games and I managed to whine my way out of Irish dancing to get into t-ball. It's a wonderful thing! So I'm looking at the Jays web site last night, half curious about how they're doing so far and half curious about their recent communications strategies since I interviewed with them awhile back. ...and RIGHT ON THE HOME PAGE, I come across THIS Apparently you can buy yourself 200 level, outfield tickets (which aren't TOO bad), for a series against the Royals (meh) and you can get unlimited hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks. All for $40. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. What the hell is up with the Blue Jays promotions people?! Apparently they need "All you can eat seats" to get people into the stadium. So fielding a stellar team is no longer important? Giving away little trinkets like bobble heads and towels? Now we want to fill them up until the burst with crap? Thank goodness you spared them from pizza and alcohol though. That's mighty big of you. I'm also impressed that you're taking away alcohol from fans in the $2 Tuesday nosebleed sections. That will make them SO MUCH less rowdy or perhaps prone to more pre-drinking. Uh huhhhhhhhhhh. But seriously, for an organization that is all about athleticism (for those that say baseball isn't a sport - zip it), one would think that you would want to shy away from promotions that are promoting unhealthy eating habits and contributing to the health problems that splash across the front page of the news on an almost daily basis. But hey - I guess you have to give them the most bang for their buck in order to fill your seats. You just might want to consider having a few more medical personnel on staff those days to deal with the extra people getting sick, having chest pains, etc. Just saying...

9 comments:

meredi said...

lol... loving your tag "asshats" :)

I read about this in the Star a few weeks ago. A quote:

"We know from the research that it has been successful with other sports teams in the U.S. market," said Nadia Flaim, manager of communications at the Rogers Centre.

"If fans come out and say this is a ticket option we want to have, which will be gauged by ticket sales by that section, then the ticket office will offer that option again."


(original article)

Yeah, brutal. And scary that it sells so many tickets. Trouble is, if I were a sports fan, and this offer had come out a couple of years ago, I probably would have been really excited :(

Sara said...

okay all you can eat bad, blah blah blah.

NO ALCOHOL DURING TOONIE NIGHTS!! Are you kidding me. Fuckers. We love goingn to toonie tuesdays - Justin b/c of the game, me b/c weekday drinking (only way I can handle watching the whole thing without falling asleep). Now I'm pissed.

Amuldoon said...

Go Yankees! :)

Good thing our Habbies are doing well, because this year I'm having troubles watching the Yankees with Jeter out due to his beloved groin, and with Girardi taking over for Torre. Its kinda painful actually.

Vanessa said...

Ewww is right!

Jennifer said...

Oh my God, that's disgusting! What the hell! There's nothing I hate more than the words "All You Can Eat." No wonder society is getting fatter.

Jen said...

DId you see the Biggest Loser a few weeks ago where they had all the "court" food there??? They showed the calories for all of it...ICK!!! That is insanity!

Sonya said...

Very, very interesting...hummm.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I agree--pretty damn ironic when athletic events promote "all you can eat" dining. Wondering if they're planning on widening the stadium seats?

(Although I have to confess, when I lived in SF the only reason I ever went to Giants games was for the Crab Rolls on sourdough paired with an Anchor Steam. But I doubt such fare would be offered on an all you can eat basis).

Randi said...

Ugh baseball season? alright alright I'll zip it...
I think it's funny but most pro sports fans and functions (not for the players) are all about the nasty food. Think grey cup parties...I guess if you can't play, you might as well really really really not be able to play...
Though for me, going to something like a ball game, I'm definately getting me a hotdog. Part of the experience, at least when it's something you'll do like once in a lifetime.

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