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A few words on Bisons ticket prices for 2013

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It's all in the presentation, really. The Buffalo Bisons are still going to charge you $1 more per ticket for walkup sales next season but that's going to be the advertised price at the box office, so that should stem a lot of the complaints I got from fans last year.

I wish the Herd didn't charge more on gameday but I get it, too. The hope is that fans will decide to go to a game even if the weather is iffy at, say, 4 p.m. if they have tickets in hand. And there certainly figures to be more impulse buying this year from Blue Jays fans in Southern Ontario.

All seats are going up 50 cents from last year's gameday price. So individual special reserved seats (dugout to dugout, red in the diagram above) are $13 for all games. Reserved seats (grey) will be $12 for all days except Friday ($13). General admission seats (yellow) will be $10 for adults and $7 for youths/seniors ($11/$8 on Fridays).

Remember, all tickets for all games are discounted by $1 when purchased in advance at either the Coca-Cola Field box office or online at Bisons.com. The problem last year was that the team used the discount price at the box office -- but people could never get that when they walked up on game day. You walk up now, you pay what you see and that should mitigate issues.

The team is also putting holiday packs on sale (info at this link) and there is no increase in season ticket costs ($530 and $490). Individual tickets go on sale in March. The opener is Thursday, April 4 against Rochester at 2:05.

My annual advice: If you're a downtown worker, walk over the day before and buy (you also get the discount on Bisons.com but pay service charges). And my real annual advice: Other than Friday night, there's a ton of promotional opportunities for discounted tickets and packages. If you're paying the full price Saturday-Thursday, you're probably not looking hard enough at Bisons.com

The Bisons want you in the park rooting on the team -- and spending money on concessions and merchandise. They're not trying to soak you on tickets.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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