Tigers Up Offers For Season-Ticket Holders After MLB-Worst Season
The Tigers will "seek to improve their offerings for potential season-ticket holders" in '20 with "more incentives" following a season in which they will finish with MLB's worst record, according to Rod Beard of the DETROIT NEWS. The new package includes "spreading the monthly payment plan from five to 12 months and removing costs for the ticket-exchange program." The team is also "adding more access to Opening Day tickets, discounts on merchandise and concessions, and a choice between four fan-centered 'experiences' with exclusive members-only events." The Tigers this season have "recorded their lowest home attendance" since '03, when the team lost 119 games, with "just over 1.5 million paid tickets" sold at Comerica Park. Far fewer fans have "shown up than were reported as paid attendance." The Tigers "declined to disclose actual game attendance, as opposed to paid ticket sales." The team also "declined to discuss the impact of low attendance on future ticket pricing plans" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/27).
NOT TRENDING UP: In Miami, Jordan McPherson reports the Marlins "totaled an MLB-low 811,302 fans over 81 home games this year in the second year of the Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter ownership group." That represents an "average of 10,016 fans" per game and "just 198 more total fans" than '18. The Marlins' last two seasons "account for two of MLB's five lowest attendance totals" since '99. The Marlins have "stopped factoring discounted tickets into their attendance number." The team is trying to fix the issue. They gave Marlins Park a "makeover last offseason, reduced ticket prices and have begun offering cheaper concessions." The Marlins are also "moving up some of their first-pitch times for midweek games next season in an attempt to make it easier for fans to come to the park" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/27).