Season ticket holders, see you tonight!

Washington Nationals TicketI’m not one to mention myself in this blog, but today’s going to be an exception. You see,
I’ve had September 10 circled on the calendar since the spring, when tickets were first distributed to Washington Nationals season ticket holders.

I was traveling that week, and my email lit up with messages from friends. The common sentiment was along the lines of “Dude! You’re on the ticket!” The ticket in question was the September 10th game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

This year’s season tickets featured 81 different scenes from the inaugural season inside Nationals Park. Tonight’s ticket features a photo of me at the stadium’s inaugural game, that memorable opening night victory vs. the Braves.

When I saw it, the first thing I did was read the back of the ticket. For those who’ve never bothered with the fine print, it’s an eye-opener. My favorite highlights:

By use of this ticket, the ticket holder agrees that… the Club issuing the ticket is the exclusive owner of all copyrights and… shall have the perpetual and unrestricted right and license to use his or her name, image, likeness, and/or voice in any broadcast, telecast, photograph, video and/or sound recording taken in connection with the game for all purposes and in all media known and unknown throughout the universe.

Yes, I think that covers all the bases. If I ever need a lawyer, I’m calling those guys.

See you tonight in Section 128. Save me your ticket stub!

New Washington Nationals Season Ticket Partner Zone

I was intrigued by the Washington Nationals’ announcement today of the new Season Ticket Partner Zone, a matchmaking service where Nats fans looking to share their season tickets or join a current season ticket group can find each other based on factors such as number of games and desired seating location.

Washington Nationals Season Ticket Partner Zone

It’s a great idea that needs some work. For example, people searching for tickets must select the exact same criteria as people posting tickets. It would be nice if I could search on a range of criteria, such as seating section (instead of one section at a time) or number of games available (instead of picking a specific number). I also find it strange that the minimum number of seats you can post or search for is fourteen.

Obviously, with great seats having been available at the last minute throughout the 2008 season, plus the worst record in baseball and the economy in historically bad shape, the Nationals are worried about losing season ticket sales heading into 2009.
The Partner Zone may help, but as of the moment it’s pretty empty. Among my circle of season ticket holder friends, I know more people who are not renewing than plan to renew (in fact, my own group in section 128 is falling apart, and I’m debating whether to rebuild it or join another group).

Do you share season tickets? Have you had trouble keeping your group together for 2009? Will you use the Partner Zone?

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