If you and your family are big Baltimore Orioles fans then boy do we have an announcement for you! The Baltimore Orioles’ just announced a new ticket program that offers free admission to children nine and under! The move was announced shortly before the start of the season, in the hopes that ticket sales would increase, and more family members would attend baseball games in the 2018 season.
After ranking 23rd overall in MLB average attendance last season (the lowest since 2011), the Baltimore Orioles wanted to make a statement and show that it was easier for families to attend games. Named the “Kids Cheer Free” initiative, adults will receive two free upper-deck tickets for children nine and under with the purchase of every regularly priced upper deck ticket. This promotion does not include Opening Day, but is available for all other home games from March 31st through April 29th. Normal upper-deck tickets can range from $15 to $35. The Baltimore Orioles are believed to be the first Major League Baseball Team to offer this deal for a full season. The Arizona Diamondbacks tried a similar deal for one weekend each of the last two seasons.
This move is surely to been seen as a popular one after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred had made it a priority to connect with you fans, and increase participation at the youth level in both baseball and softball. The average cost for a family of four to attend a baseball game is the cheapest out of all the major sports in North America, however the median age for MLV Television Viewers is actually the highest at 57.
In addition to the free ticket promotion, the Orioles will also expand the playground area located near Gate C. The new playground will feature a jungle gym, moon bounce, skee-ball, and lounge area for parents. The Baltimore Orioles also announced the addition of kid sized portions at all concession stands located throughout the ballpark.