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Pre-booking Baseball tickets

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TrixiBuG, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. TrixiBuG

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 24, 2011

    Posts: 1,994

    Location: Manchester UK

    Hi all - quick question if anyone can help

    A friend at work is going to the USA in a few months time and she is looking to go to a baseball game.

    She wants to pre-book as the game is on the 2nd day of their trip and she doesnt want to be messing around trying to get tickets on the day.

    She is not bother about getting perfect seats - her comment was "I want to just get the bleachers seats" :)

    She has tried booking via ticketmaster but gets an error when booking.

    Do any of you have any tips or experience pre-booking from the UK? Or would you recommend her just going on the day?!

    Any help would be marvelous :)
  2. pepp77


    Joined: Oct 13, 2008

    Posts: 3,466

    Location: SE London Born and Bred

    Who is she going to see, I am going to NY in May and am going to a Metz game. I just went to the Metz website and bought the tickets directly from there. I went for nosebleed seats at $22 a pop. Tickets were then just printable on a normal printer.
  3. TrixiBuG

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 24, 2011

    Posts: 1,994

    Location: Manchester UK

    She wants to see the Seattle Mariners. She has gone direct to their site and when she goes to buy tickets she gets re-directed to ticketmaster.com and she gets an error :(
  4. pepp77


    Joined: Oct 13, 2008

    Posts: 3,466

    Location: SE London Born and Bred

    The website doesn't look like it actually redirects to ticketmaster but instead is powered by ticketmaster, but I can agree that it errors when trying to actually add tickets to buy.
  5. del_piero


    Joined: Apr 6, 2006

    Posts: 211

  6. Pringle W


    Joined: Oct 1, 2008

    Posts: 10,932

    Location: Glebe Park

    When i was in New York last year I went to a basketball match but prebooked through ticketmonster and printed off the ticket (eticket) at my hotel cos they only emailed the ticket out 2 days before the event.


    Plenty there anyway!
  7. Munky1080

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 29, 2007

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    Location: Gravesend, Kent

    Life-long Mariners fan here and former Seattle resident for 18 years. There is a 99.9% chance that your friend will be able to walk up to the ticket window at Safeco Field and buy tickets on the day. If it were Boston or NYY, there would be no chance.

    Tell her to enjoy, as Safeco is one of the best parks ever built and in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

    Go M's!!! :D
  8. Grimley


    Joined: Nov 18, 2007

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    Location: Deepest Darkest Essex!!


    email, phone no & live chat links here.

    Went to a White Sox game almost 10 years ago (July 4th to be exact) terrific experience even though the Sox lost 9-6 to the Baltimore Orioles. Booked the tickets through a 3rd party & collected them when I got to Chicago, so cant help you with internet ticket bookings.
  9. weringo


    Joined: Aug 30, 2006

    Posts: 7,978

    I purchased baseball tickets off stubhub and could print them straight away, it was a seamless experience
  10. roccles


    Joined: Apr 26, 2012

    Posts: 678

    I have been to a few San Diego Padre games over the years and just turned up at the Stadium and bought a ticket, they had seats in most sections available every time.
  11. TomWilko


    Joined: Jun 3, 2003

    Posts: 4,088

    Location: UK

    I've been to a Mariners game, they were playing the Blue Jays. Incredible atmosphere. We pre-booked and printed the tickets at home.
  12. Tunney


    Joined: Oct 11, 2004

    Posts: 14,549

    Location: London

    Tell your friend to go later in the year and see the Seahawks instead. American football is so much more interesting as a spectacle. :p
  13. thedoc46


    Joined: Jan 18, 2003

    Posts: 5,908

    Location: Expat in the USA

    I personally find all American sports crap & I've lived there for the last 13. Never managed to get thru a game of American Football. What 3 hrs of commercials and 1 hr of play, IF THAT ! Erm no thanks. Baseball never spent more than 5mins watching it. Nascar lol, what a joke. Basketball. Again too stoppy and starty... Ice hockey isn't bad i guess, but that's more Canadian. Have seen a few games. I can't speak of this to anyone, as they'd take an instant disliking to me... So glad i can vent out here on a British forum.

    Thanks for listening. :)
  14. Flibster


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 30,742

    Went to a Giants vs Reds game when we were in San Fran, think we booked through the MLB website.

    Was a pretty painless experience, and it was a great night too. Extra innings and for our first baseball game we ended up sitting next to an Aussie who was also at their first game. So yeah.. clueless. :D Ended up hanging out with some locals who talked us through the rules and we talked them through cricket. The surprise when we said that it can last 5 days and still have a draw at the end of it. ;)

    The important thing about going to a baseball game, it's not entirely a sport... it's mainly a family event. Meeting up with friends and family and just hanging out.
  15. The1nonly1

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    I purchased NFL tickets for Saints at Tampa for December. Did it through US Ticket Master and printed the tickets at home and took them with me.
  16. DampCat


    Joined: Feb 26, 2007

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    Location: Manchestah

    I've never been able to get tickets on the day at SF Giants (for face value) but lucky to have family with season tickets. Odd you can't book online, I've definitely done that before.

    What's the error?
  17. rpstewart

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 11, 2003

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    Location: Greenock, Scotland

    Good to know. Planning on doing just that in September.
  18. Rotty


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Notts

    I did it direct with the club website (phillies) no issues at all

    due to large amount of games played they don't usually sell out
  19. EVH


    Joined: Mar 11, 2004

    Posts: 26,451

    I bought tickets to see the NY Nicks at Maddison Square Garden through a website called "stub hub". I believe it's affiliated with Ticketmaster but the prices were comparable and direct booking was impossible.

    Seats were bang on the centre line on the 1st tier. Absolutely epic considering :cool:

    I believe they offer baseball tickets, so worth a check.
  20. del_piero


    Joined: Apr 6, 2006

    Posts: 211

    Giants games have all been sold out for about the past 6 or 7 years. I believe they have a streak of around 500 consective sold out games. One of the few baseball stadiums that doesn't tend to have a large number of available seats to choose from on the day.