Tickets remain for Tigers’ home opener
An abundance of tickets remain available on the Tigers website, Tigers.com, for the team's home opener, scheduled for 1:10 Friday against the Boston Red Sox.
A check for tickets around 5 p.m. Monday showed there are multiple tickets together in at least four sections of the ballpark: upper box infield (two), upper reserved infield (six), upper grandstand (six) and standing-room only (six).
Six is the maximum tickets a fan can purchase in a single transaction.
Nearly 4,000 tickets also are being sold on StubHub, a secondary market, with a get-in price for as low as $66 plus fees for standing-room only, and $67 for an actual seat.
Asked for clarification on why so many tickets remain available just days before Opening Day, team spokesman Ron Colangelo said the Tigers had set aside tickets for sponsors, staffers, full-season ticket-holders, players, umpires, etc. When those tickets weren't scooped up, that allowed the team to put them back on the market.
Does that mean there won't be a huge crowd at Friday's game? Of course not. It will be a sellout, as always, even if tickets aren't quite as much in demand.
It's unclear how much or if the Tigers' season-ticket base is down, coming off a second consecutive season in which the ballclub missed the playoffs and an offseason in which the Tigers made no substantial trades or free-agent signings.
The Tigers don't release season-ticket sales numbers.
Weather could also be playing a factor. Friday is forecast to be rainy and chilly, with a game-time temperature around 41 degrees, but feeling colder with a wind.
The Tigers were to start the season Monday, on the road against the White Sox in Chicago, where rain delayed the start.