My first issue is ticketing/ticket pricing. Three years ago they had the flex voucher package. It was an even $100, and you had a voucher for every game if you wanted to, or you could bring other people to the game. it counted as a Season ticket for playoff reservations, and concession discounts. Then the next year they were vouchers that you had to turn in to the ticket office, and you didn’t get a discount. I was a bit miffed, but no big deal, and we still got second pick after season ticket holders but before the general public.
Last year my work schedule prevented me from going to too many games other than midweek games, so I didn’t get any package, but I remember being perplexed at the flex plan offering less tickets for more money, but there was also an $80 GA season ticket package.
I decided that’s what I was gonna do this season because my schedule cleared up. I was surprised to learn that it went up to $100 plus a $30 convenience fee. I called to complain about such a steep increase. When I asked why they said “That’s the price we pay for having a top 15 basketball program.” Really? I’m happy for the basketball team, don’t get me wrong. But if I wanted to help fund the basketball team, I’d be buying basketball tickets.
From a fan/spectator point of view, things have gotten slightly worse over the years. Concessions have gotten worse and worse. No more hamburgers, they’ve always been out of any food they were having a special on. They never knew how to put in the season ticket discount, and lines were extremely long because they had no idea what they were doing. I’ll leave it at that, and it seems they’ve addressed that by ending their relationship with Aramark.
They no longer show replays on the video board. Video in general wasn’t available around the park. There’s no longer any actual cameramen it seems. Correct me if I’m wrong, but other than the camera on top of the box, and the automatic ones behind each dugout, there are no cameras, and nothing in the outfield to watch the pitch from the traditional angle from behind the pitcher. Also, the actual numbers on the scoreboard are hard to read. I’d rather go back to a digital scoreboard, or a least a simulation of one with easier to read numbers.
They have very few giveaways compared to what I remember in previous years. They apparently had a free jersey night the Saturday against UNLV. But I saw zero ads, so I didn’t try to get there early. Also noticed they were all #18 which tells me they were just leftover stock from last year. To be fair, I could be wrong about that.
They used to have stat sheets for fans. Now they have the rosters, which show not much more than the player names and high schools. But if you want more info than that, you gotta look it up on your phone, or print a statsheet from home. I think they may have been a buck, but I would gladly buy one instead of having to waste ink before every game.
I get that a lot of these complaints are very minor. I’m a baseball fan, and will show up through thick and thin, even if there were no music, no give aways, no scoreboard, and no food, as long as there’s a game being played. That said, it seems I’m getting less bang for my buck every year. Am I the only one noticing these things?