After eliminating the Yankees today, the Baltimore Orioles get one last crack at Derek Jeter and his pinstriped partners Thursday night. But even it rains on the shortstop’s going away party, the team knows that crisp October skies await as a result of last week’s playoff clinch. The season reset that comes with the postseason also means a new scrum for coveted Orioles playoff tickets. On Wednesday, the Orioles laid out the complete menu of options for the team’s upcoming home games in the American League Division Series. Bandwagon jumpers, beware: season ticket holders have a major advantage in the hunt for admission to a game.
Current season ticket holders are in the safe zone, with an automatic chance to grab seats. Fans who don’t have season tickets face a classic postseason dilemma: pay or pray.
Proving once again that the Orioles’ front office sees the playoffs as a chance to invest in the future, the best way to get tickets for the 2014 playoffs is to buy tickets for 2015. Fans who put a minimum $250 deposit on next year’s tickets will get guaranteed postseason seats through an online-only presale. There’s no time to hesitate now, since the deposit deadline for Game 1 on Oct. 2 is midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
For fans who don’t want season tickets in 2015 or don’t have $250 lying around for baseball in April, the team will release another set of tickets at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 29. According to the team, these tickets will be “extremely limited,” and probably won’t allow the most idyllic fall evening at Camden Yards. The tickets will likely be “scattered single seats, limited view seating, and standing room only,” according to the team.
More ALDS ticket info is available at the O’s website. When the O’s advance, a whole new round of tickets will go on sale for the ALCS and World Series at a later date. A further caveat comes from Orioles fan Karl Breslaw, who told MASN that playoff tickets aren’t dog-proof.
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