Christmas is the time of year when we set aside time to celebrate with family. I’m thankful for the family that I was born into (even if they do live on the other side of the river). You know what else I’m thankful for? The family of season ticket holders who I’ve had the privilege of getting to know over the past 12 years. Just like a group of cousins that may hibernate for a few months and then reemerge when the next big holiday approaches, our season tickets holders rest and get their lives in order during the winter months so when the April showers stop (hopefully), they can all flock to our summer house at PeoplesBank Park for a summer-long family reunion.
Just as you would enter mom’s house without knocking or taking your shoes off, season ticket holders enter PeoplesBank Park with a similar level of comfort. Welcomed by smiling faces, the smell of fresh-popped popcorn, a catchy tune… it’s just like home. Wait, your house doesn’t smell like popcorn?
I welcome you to come to a game and sit in any section. It won’t take long for you to figure out if you’re in the midst of our season ticket family members. You’ll catch pieces of conversation – asking about an off-season surgery (yes, a surgery that should have taken place in September, but was pushed back to October so it wouldn’t interfere with baseball), reminiscing about that time Etch covered home plate with dirt or Sean Smith’s “hop seen ‘round the world,” or the time…. Yes, these are family members who look forward to the game, not just for the game, but for the relationships that are built and continue to grow in the folding green seats.
You know, anyone can join this family. You don’t have to be birthed or married into it (although some people are). You can even choose how involved you want to be with this family. Test the waters with a 10-Game Plan. Smile tentatively at the family members around you. Wait for the first home run. You’ll be jumping up and high-fiving these strangers in no time. Maybe you’ll both be so excited your hands will only half make contact when you high-five. You’ll both laugh, embarrassed. Boom – memory created.
Maybe you’re not a test the waters type; you’re more like “let’s dive right in” and get full season tickets! And why shouldn’t you? Not only do you get into the park early to be first in line for a bag of popcorn, you get free parking, guaranteed giveaways, and the ownership of your seats. Maybe you’ll like your seats so much that you’ll want to shout it from the rooftop! But since you’re not allowed on the roof, you’ll choose to upgrade your seats and let us cover the back of the seat with your name and favorite image of the Revs. So when other people see your seat, they’ll know. They’ll know that you’re a part of the family.
There’s plenty of room for those of you in between 10 and 70 games, and you’re all important to keeping the family together. It’s as if your little sister would say, “I don’t want to be part of the family anymore!” The family wouldn’t function well, because who would chime in with witty comments or stir the gravy continuously until her arm falls off? (I can say that as the little sister of my family). If everyone with half season plans decided to leave our family, we would miss seeing them at every other game or just on the weekends. It just wouldn’t be the same.
So are you ready? Contact me—your new cousin twice removed—and let’s extend this family.
– Cindy Brown, Director of Ticketing