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I've been to about 60 games at Comerica Park. In every game other than about 4 or 5 where it's near sellout, I've wandered down to the 100 level seats and sat there. Only twice was I stopped by an usher and those were behind the plate.

Yesterday, I was stopped 3 times. Once out in RF by the foul pole. I like it out there and have sat there for the last 3 or 4 times I've been there. Then I went down by first base and then third base. I was told that they won't let anybody in the 100 level area without a ticket anymore.

Now I know they technically can do that. However, there's 2000 people there. I went up to my 300 level seats and none of the concessions were open!

I'm not slipping the usher a ten spot so that I can sit somewhere.

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You are right Oblong!!! But alas, don't worry -- it wont be long til they're begging you to come down and use those seats!!!!

They'll even make it part of their advertising! --- come to Tiger stadium, buy a 5 dollar ticket, by the third inning sit where you like!

Typical Tigers, day late and a dollar short -- They've NEVER EVER

been fan friendly -- even when they were at Tiger Stadium and certainly not a Comerica Park...

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Owners are very touchy about their 'good' seats.... they're afraid of the riff-raff sitting too close to their family and friends, and the player's families and friends.

It's the same all over. Even with small crowds at Yankee stadium, you can't get near those seats.

...except in the Bronx, they don't escort you out, they shoot you.

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but the stickler is that I wasn't even trying to get to good seats. I wasn't looking to sit by the dugout, I just wanted to be in the lower level right by the exit. I could understand if it were one usher who's being a jerk but this chick didn't have anyone sitting in her section.

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The lower-level seats are the ones that appear most on TV. If I were the Tigers, I'd damn near encourage migration to those seats if for no other reason than to generate the illusion of a good crowd.

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That burns me up. I had the same thing happen to me at TS several times. I'd wait until the third inning or so, and then just try to move to a better seat (like Oblong, not by the dugout; just a better view of the field).

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Just to clarify, they wouldn't even let me down the stairs to the 100 level, as if I'm going through customs or immigration. I told one guy that my seats were "over there a few sections" and he said I have to go back up and come down "those stairs" unless I showed him my tickets.

I'm doctoring my tickets. The problem is I have the larger season tickets and they have the words "upper reserved" written on them, as well as 339 in 3 diff. places.

Those fargin' bastages.

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Easy, Maroni! Don't let those iceholes get you down.

there you are, you little bald-headed beauty! i thought you were gone!

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What a joke. The team sucks, now the customer service matches the product on the field. We've had bleacher seats since the place opened and we've sat anywhere anytime. Friday the Tigers decide to start p*****g off the people who buy packages from them. I couldn't look at a seat other than mine without being hounded by the ushers. I am very disappointed. What are they trying to achieve. I'll just stop spending my money on their overpriced concessions. Elwoods is within walking distance and a beer is half the price. COOL IT .

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Maybe i am missing something here, but, are you suppose to be able to buy a cheap seat and then go sit in a higher priced one? I mean if you go sit in a higher priced seat and no one says any thing then fine, but if they do say something, then get up and go back to your seat or whatever, but dont come in here crying over spilled milk. Take the good with the bad. If you want a better seat then pay for a better seat.

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maybe Bless you Boys doesn't attend as many games as I do but the stadium is empty regularly. Spilled milk?? Nice attitude ole boy.

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It's one thing to come get you when you are sitting in the seat, it's altogether different when they treat you like you are going through airport security to even get to the section. The ushers are there to help you find your seat, not to tell you where to sit.

If the Tigers want you to sit in your seat then all the concessions better be open. I shouldn't have to walk halfway around the stadium or down a level just to get something to eat or drink.

But hey, this is an organization not known for it's customer service.

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Originally posted by motownroar

maybe Bless you Boys doesn't attend as many games as I do but the stadium is empty regularly. Spilled milk?? Nice attitude ole boy.

I am having a hard time understanding how the number of games you go to entitles you to pay for a cheap seat and then moveing to a more expensive seat. As for attiudes (ole boy) i would have to say yours is lacking. And yes, spilled milk is exactly what this is. Quit your whinning, if you want a good seat then pay for it. What is wrong with you? Do you really think you are entitled to taking a better seat? it really is just another act of stealing.

(I fixed your coding-Oblong)

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If the seats are open, you should be able to sit there. Why don't the Tigers realize that by allowing a policy like this, they would develop a good repore with the fans and INCREASE revenues because of increased ticket sales. The number of cheaper seats that would be sold would far outweigh and possible lost revenue of people buying cheaper seats instead of the expensive ones.

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Yeah, because that has worked really well in Cinncinnati. You can get $5 seats in Riverfront and then move down almost at will. But it doesn't increase attendance to do this.

If you want good seats, pay for them. If you're like me and don't really care where your seats are as long as they are unobstructed, then get the cheap seats and sit there. But if you are complaining because the team isn't giving good customer service by allowing you to sit somewhere you haven't paid for, well that seems a bit excessive.

If I'm a guy who paid $25 to sit in nice seats, and I see a guy who paid $5 and has come down to sit with me, I'm gonna report him. If you can sneak in, more power to you, but if you get caught I'm not gonna feel sorry for you.

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Cincinatti knows how to treat their fans, at least the 3 times I went there. I didn't have the feelilng like every possible penny was trying to be squeezed out of me.

Qsilv, that high and mighty attitude falls way short when that same usher will let you sit there if you slip him some cash. Again, if they want you in the seats you pay for, then all the normal stadium anemities should be open. If it's too expensive to operate, then close off the section completely. They can't have it both ways.

if another fan tried to report me for sitting out of section, he'd get a plateful of nachos dumped on him.

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Originally posted by Oblong

Cincinatti knows how to treat their fans, at least the 3 times I went there. I didn't have the feelilng like every possible penny was trying to be squeezed out of me.

Qsilv, that high and mighty attitude falls way short when that same usher will let you sit there if you slip him some cash. Again, if they want you in the seats you pay for, then all the normal stadium anemities should be open. If it's too expensive to operate, then close off the section completely. They can't have it both ways.

if another fan tried to report me for sitting out of section, he'd get a plateful of nachos dumped on him.

Anyone who is to cheap to pay for the good seats would never waste nachos even if he didnt pay for them.

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anyone dumb enough to pay $60 for a game that has 3000 fans doesn't deserve nachos.

It's not a matter of being cheap. I budget about $1000 a year for the Tigers. I spend about $500 on tickets and save the rest for parking, food, and beer.

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Originally posted by Oblong

... and save the rest for parking, food, and beer.

Parking: $ 75

Food: $125

beer: $300

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You didn't go to enough Cincy games then. Any time I spend more than $3 for a coke I'm being squeezed.

Any fan who dumped his nachos on me will be thanked for the free nachos, and will be billed for the $20 t-shirt and jeans (that's $20 total for the record) they just ruined. :)

If you pay for a $5 seat, and you sit in a $25 seat, then you are breaking the rules. If you are caught doing this, and then you complain because you feel you deserve these seats (for whatever reason) you are living in a dream world.

If I go buy a $5000 car, why doesn't the dealership give me a $10000 car? I mean I went and paid for the car, I deserve the better one right?

I've jumped seats, and I have no problem with people who do (having recently been a poor college student with no money, I understand being cheap quite well). But any time an usher had the gall to tell me I couldn't sit somewhere, I went ahead and sat in my actual seat. If I wanted a better seat so bad that I had to have it, I would have paid for it.

The Tigers do not have a responisbility to keep any concession stands open. If they don't that is their right. If you don't like it, don't go to the games. Or tell them (and they'll ignore you most likely. They aren't exactly the most fan friendly club in baseball). But don't act like you deserve something that other people actually paid for.

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