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    The Gopher ticket office would study this idea for three years before putting themselves out there like this. Kudos to the Twins for making something happen that benefitted the fans. Log on and purchase. Simple. I don't view making people run out to a store to buy pizzas, scan or send in a receipt, and then download tickets as a great promotion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post
    While the additional $160,000 revenue from the ticket sales is not much, the additional money spent on concessions and engaging 32,000 more fans in a short period of time could have a big impact. I realize it's a lot easier to do this for a sport that has so many home games compared to the 6-7 the Gophers have a year, it does show that offering tickets at a very low price point can have a dramatic impact.
    Quote Originally Posted by LakerFan View Post
    The other adder for the Twins that goes beyond ticket and concession revenue is that you have 32000 fans who will see that going to a Twins game with a packed house can actually be fun and maybe worth the price of regular admission someday.
    What is this? I received quite a lecture from a meteorologist that these things don’t matter in this debate.
    Simple math:
    Ticket Price * Attendance, dummy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LakerFan View Post
    The other adder for the Twins that goes beyond ticket and concession revenue is that you have 32000 fans who will see that going to a Twins game with a packed house can actually be fun and maybe worth the price of regular admission someday. Yes they timed it to go along with the team being hot, that isn't a bad time to generate interest in your club. I'd be fine with the gophers waiting until they start 4-0 and then blasting a deal like this to pack the stadium for the balance of the season.
    As a marketing person...this is true. It's early in the season and the hope will be that these 32,000 folks buy a bunch of tickets the rest of the year. The Gophs could do this during the non-conference schedule and get folks excited for the rest of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoMn View Post
    As a marketing person...this is true. It's early in the season and the hope will be that these 32,000 folks buy a bunch of tickets the rest of the year. The Gophs could do this during the non-conference schedule and get folks excited for the rest of the season.
    Conference schedule though only has so much draw even... we've seen dramatic difference in demand for different B1G teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A_Slab_of_Bacon View Post
    Conference schedule though only has so much draw even... we've seen dramatic difference in demand for different B1G teams.
    The Twins could have said the same thing about May games not being as big of a draw (colder weather, school still in session, still early/not everyone a true believer yet), but they chose to go for it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoMn View Post
    As a marketing person...this is true. It's early in the season and the hope will be that these 32,000 folks buy a bunch of tickets the rest of the year. The Gophs could do this during the non-conference schedule and get folks excited for the rest of the season.
    I like this idea. In general, NC games are nice weather and games we win. Get the place packed, improve the pregame, and folks will have a blast with their cheap tickets - maybe enough fun to come back.


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    I'm guessing they didn't have a lot of free tickets available for the Red Barron deal last year. It says here all four games are sold out for the deal but I don't remember there being a big crowd at any of those games.

    https://gophersports.com/sb_output.aspx?form=1024

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    Quote Originally Posted by GophersInIowa View Post
    I'm guessing they didn't have a lot of free tickets available for the Red Barron deal last year. It says here all four games are sold out for the deal but I don't remember there being a big crowd at any of those games.

    https://gophersports.com/sb_output.aspx?form=1024
    I am pretty sure you are correct, because I did it for one game...then waited a bit (had to decide how much frozen pizza I really wanted to eat) and tried doing it for another one and the deal was already sold out. I think it was a fairly limited supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Word View Post
    The Twins could have said the same thing about May games not being as big of a draw (colder weather, school still in session, still early/not everyone a true believer yet), but they chose to go for it anyway.
    I'm talking about what CoMn said....

    Also it's nice outside...

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    I could see this being a good idea for vs Illinois (though this is homecoming, which does okay ticket sale wise) and vs Maryland. Basically a week or two before look at the ticket sale total, estimate how many fans will actually show up, then make a decision.

    Could be particularly potent for the Maryland game if we are undefeated at that point, since its not a premiere opponent, but winning the game would mean going into the Penn State game undefeated.

    They won't do it though, sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taji34 View Post
    I could see this being a good idea for vs Illinois (though this is homecoming, which does okay ticket sale wise) and vs Maryland. Basically a week or two before look at the ticket sale total, estimate how many fans will actually show up, then make a decision.

    Could be particularly potent for the Maryland game if we are undefeated at that point, since its not a premiere opponent, but winning the game would mean going into the Penn State game undefeated.

    They won't do it though, sadly.
    Week of flash sale or "Goldy's Deal" or something like things makes a lot of sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A_Slab_of_Bacon View Post
    I'm talking about what CoMn said....

    Also it's nice outside...
    Twins games in May generally don't have as high of attendance as the summer months for the reasons I stated. Evening games in May can be chilly and that traditionally keeps numbers down along with school still being in session. Not to mention after last year's disastrous season there are lot of people that still aren't buying in on this year's team.

    You were saying that non-con games aren't that attractive, correct? And implying that it wouldn't work to get people to go to those games as a "hook" due to those games not being attractive. Or am I misunderstanding you?

    I'm saying that May games for the Twins are very similar to non-con games for the Gophers. They are the less desirable games. So go ahead and get as many people as you can to those games and "hook" them on the experience (not to mention paying for concessions, etc.) and get them to buy tickets for future games.

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    I think the more apt comparison for Gopher football would be if the Gophers offered cheap tickets for the non-conference games - $5 or $10 for unsold upper-deck tickets. to be fair, the Twins were not offering the best seats in the house for $5. the first offer was for outfield seats. the second offer was for standing-room only tickets - no seat to sit in - just walk around and watch the game.

    The equivalent seats for a Gopher football game would be the upper-deck corners. Those seats are highly likely to be empty, so why not at least try to get a few more people to show up for the game. Shoot, they might have fun and buy tickets for another game. And, they might spend some money on concessions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by short ornery norwegian View Post
    I think the more apt comparison for Gopher football would be if the Gophers offered cheap tickets for the non-conference games - $5 or $10 for unsold upper-deck tickets. to be fair, the Twins were not offering the best seats in the house for $5. the first offer was for outfield seats. the second offer was for standing-room only tickets - no seat to sit in - just walk around and watch the game.

    The equivalent seats for a Gopher football game would be the upper-deck corners. Those seats are highly likely to be empty, so why not at least try to get a few more people to show up for the game. Shoot, they might have fun and buy tickets for another game. And, they might spend some money on concessions.
    Agreed (similar to what I said in the post above yours).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Word View Post
    Twins games in May generally don't have as high of attendance as the summer months for the reasons I stated. Evening games in May can be chilly and that traditionally keeps numbers down along with school still being in session. Not to mention after last year's disastrous season there are lot of people that still aren't buying in on this year's team.

    You were saying that non-con games aren't that attractive, correct? And implying that it wouldn't work to get people to go to those games as a "hook" due to those games not being attractive. Or am I misunderstanding you?

    I'm saying that May games for the Twins are very similar to non-con games for the Gophers. They are the less desirable games. So go ahead and get as many people as you can to those games and "hook" them on the experience (not to mention paying for concessions, etc.) and get them to buy tickets for future games.
    They don't typically have as nice of weather, but they do now, so it's probably not a big concern.

    I really don't think the Twins vs Gophers comparison makes sense here.

    I don't have a problem with flash sales, but I think the lay of the land is quite different.

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