Braves put themselves on markdown rack: $2.60 per game

The Braves have had too many home crowds at Turner Field like this one against San Francisco last week. (Jeff Schultz / jschultz@ajc.com)

The Braves have had too many home crowds at Turner Field like this one against San Francisco last week. (Jeff Schultz / jschultz@ajc.com)

For most of this season, the Braves have had a relative minor-league product.

But here’s the good news: Now they have relative minor-league prices. Single-A, even.

The Braves are promoting a ticket special through social media for most of the rest of the season that allows fans to purchase tickets for $39 per month. That’s correct: $39 total. The Braves have 15 remaining home games in June so that amounts to $2.60 per game.

At those prices, it’s almost worth it to watch Erick Aybar.

The Braves went into Tuesday night’s game at San Diego with a 16-41 record, including 6-23 at home. Suffice to say, there is not a Guaranteed Win Night on the schedule.

The $39 monthly subscription will automatically renew unless cancelled. The Braves’ research indicates most people purchasing the plan probably will use the package only for five games. But those purchasing the deal through September will spend $156 and can attend all 48 homes games. Calculation: $3.25 each.

Most of the seats will be in the general admission sections. But at the rate the season is going, there’s also a chance you might be able to pitch an inning of relief.

Why are the Braves doing this? It should be obvious but they’re struggling to sell tickets, given the state of things. Their official announced average home attendance is 22,577, which ranks 24th out of 30 teams, but their actual turnstile counts appear significantly less than that.

A Braves’ spokesperson said the team offered a similar deal last season, offering monthly tickets for $49 in April and May in hopes of luring students. That also was promoted on social media and resulted in 740 sold.

Via the Braves: Your Braves Monthly Pass subscription will renew automatically every month unless you cancel your subscription Select your Braves Monthly Pass offer and purchase up to four (4) monthly passes for your friends and family by clicking the “Buy Pass” button. On-or-around the week before each month, you will be sent an email confirming your subscription for the following month. If you wish to cancel, please follow the instructions in this email. One-to-two hours before each home game during the subscription period, we’ll text you with your seat locations for the upcoming game. Accept your seats on the MLB.com Ballpark app, scan in with your barcode, and enjoy the game.

So there’s your season highlight so far.

As for the team on the field, here are my thoughts on what, or who, has hurt the Braves’ most this season.

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29 comments
TideDawg
TideDawg

The only player I've missed watching was Gattis. He has 9 home runs and 23 RBIs with Houston and he was sent back to the minors for awhile. Those are not great, or even good stats, but he would probably be first or no worse than 2nd with those stats if he was with the Braves. Every time he comes to bat there's a chance he can hit it out. There's not a single Brave player you can say that about. The player with the catchy "Nick Name" was fun to watch. d'rNaud, a utility infielder, is the best hitter on the Braves team and he's fun to watch because he is aggressive, looks like he's giving 100% and he always looks happy. I watch the Brave and I anguish over their futility and ineptness.....but I still watch them. One of these days I hope that I can look back and say "How could they have built a contender out of a team that looked like a disaster in 2016"? I trust the Braves management has the smarts to know what they are doing.....I sure don't.

POV1948
POV1948

Simmons was the one guy they had last year who was worth paying to see play because any night he was likely to pull off a "did you see that?" kind of play.  Natch they traded him for Aybar, the guy whose offense was going to make the Braves better.  Coppy is the front office equivalent of Aybar.

OH:IO
OH:IO

I won't go for $.60

Adrian Whisnant
Adrian Whisnant

If they would trade Eric Aybar bring up Swanson and trade Julio for a big bat I would pay to go the games!

Jonathan Grant
Jonathan Grant

When we moved to Atlanta and started watching the Braves in 1982, general admission tickets were $2.50. And that team won its division. I'm holding out for a deeper discount.

Moneyball
Moneyball

Braves tickets are overpriced at $2.60/game. Football season can't get here soon enough!!!

Nowayjose9
Nowayjose9

How much longer will the clowns at this paper have jobs? Now it's 4 free articles per month. Before it was 5. JS mocks the braves but his own paper is a joke. Good thing is I read about 2-3 per month so I won't go over the quota. Pretty soon they'll cut it down to 2.

Bob Sanders
Bob Sanders

@Nowayjose9 Poor baby, can't freeload off the AJC website anymore. Pony up, you cheap miserly waste of a human being.

UWreckMeBaby
UWreckMeBaby

I like my seat, its soft, it reclines, is a short walk from food that is inexpensive, and the HD view is great! Staying home, where I can DVR and fast fwd between pitches, or turn it off when it gets ridiculously bad. Saving gas, and time, and money and there are no obnoxious drunk idiots sitting around me either.

Kickass
Kickass

@UWreckMeBaby That is the BEST way to see a game. From the comfort of your own home. And no waiting in line at the bathroom. A bunch of overpriced players, playing a kid's game.

DrPhill
DrPhill

Maybe the pirates at Liberty Media will get the message.

E983
E983

Say what you want it's a deal. Right now it's like, ok, go to the game and see what's there down the road and get a glimpse of some of the solid teams in the league. Like the character Don Rickles called it in Kelly's Heroes it's "a deal, deal".

Kickass
Kickass

@Edgar It's a deal to sit in 90 degree weather?  That is where the seats are- SUN CITY!

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

Only if I can BYOB and move down to field level seats after the 1st inning like I did in the 70s.  

Kickass
Kickass

@DewieCheatem_n_Howe It's a better deal sitting at home. Save ALL that money. And it is affordable for the entire family. Even if tickets were $4 each-that is $16 plus $20 for parking,plus $20-$25 per person for overpriced food and drink. $136 dollars! You could buy season passes to White Water/Six Flags for that!

Big Wally
Big Wally

Better be careful Schultz.  Your comrade Dave O'Brien deletes negative posts about the Braves on his blogs.  Better watch your back if you keep saying bad things about the Braves.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Sadly, they are not even worth $2.60 a game.

JimDog85
JimDog85

I think the Braves will have to pay me to come downtown to go to the Ted.  I for one can't wait for the new stadium in Smyrna.  It is going to be soooooo much better.

Kickass
Kickass

@JimDog85 Welcome to Sun Trust Park at Historic TAXPAYER Field. Tonight's game is between the Atlanta Luxury  Suites and the Washington Tax Hikers. Other games tonight-the NY PSLers are hosting the Houston Sky Boxes. The Miami Stadium Builders host the Minnesota New Domers. And the SF Illegal Aliens take on the Detroit Muslims.

HotDawg
HotDawg

I now miss the 70s and 80s Braves and the old Atlanta Fulton Co. stadium.

E983
E983

Me too HotDawg.