Team Opts for Internet-Only Ticket Sales
By Alfred Branch, Jr.
As the team prepares for its first-ever World Series appearance, the Colorado Rockies front office is preparing to sell tickets to the Fall Classic only on the team’s website.
Face value for tickets to games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary), which will go on sale Mon., Oct. 22 at 10am MST, will range in price from $65 to $250 and carry a four-ticket purchase limit per person. The team will issue refunds for games not played, however, only through the Coors Field Ticket Office, and will come in the form of a check four to six weeks after the ticket has been returned. Credit cards will not be credited.
The team had planned to offer tickets at the box office through a lottery but decided on the web-only approach in part due to the unpredictable weather in Colorado this time of year. Rockies President Keli McGregor said in a statement that he believes the Internet-only sale is the most-fair way to handle the overwhelming demand for tickets, and it helps the team avoid having massive lines around the stadium days before the games are scheduled.
“It’s our attempt to get as many tickets to as many Rockies fans as possible. After consulting with Major League Baseball, we felt this was the best way to create a fair and equitable distribution of tickets for the first-ever World Series in Colorado,” McGregor said. The Rockies reached the World Series by sweeping the both Division and Championship series and winning 21 of their last 22 games.
“After our experience with the Wild Card tiebreaker game, as well as Division Series and Championship Series games, we came to the conclusion that no other method of ticket distribution is quicker or more efficient than the Internet,” he added. Games 3, 4 and 5 are scheduled for Oct. 27, 28 and 29.
Team officials have not elaborated, but they have reportedly taken measures to try to stop large quantities of tickets being scooped up by resellers, a major source of controversy recently with the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus tour. Coors Field seats 50,445, but only about 20,000 tickets per game will be available after the allotment being held for season ticket holders, both teams and league officials.