01/08/13 4:40 PM ET
Rangers Ballpark renovations progressing nicely
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Times set for Rangers' first home weekend
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have set 1:05 p.m. CT as the time for their home opener against the Angels on Friday, April 5, at the Ballpark in Arlington. The next two games will be broadcast nationally.Texas' game on Saturday, April 6, against the Angels is set for 3:05 p.m. on FOX. The Sunday game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on ESPN. The Rangers open the season at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, against the Astros on ESPN. They will be off April 1, and then play the Astros at 7:05 p.m on April 2, and 1:05 p.m. on April 3.
Rangers uneveil ticket policies for 2013 games
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced on Tuesday certain ticket policies, including Opening Day. Individual tickets for all 2013 games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, except Opening Day, will go on sale at 9 a.m. CT on March 2 at texasrangers.com, at the First Base Box Office and by phone at 972-RANGERS. Beginning Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Feb. 20 at noon, fans can go to texasrangers.com/presale and register for the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets to Opening Day. Following registration, a pool of randomly selected registrants will be chosen and provided access to an online presale opportunity, based on available inventory. Those selected will be notified by email no later than Feb. 25. Ten-game ticket plans go on sale Monday, which includes a free ticket to Opening Day. They can be purchased at www.texasrangers.com, at the Ballpark in Arlington or by calling 972-RANGERS. Fans can save more than 50 percent and purchase $8 Upper Reserved tickets or $15 Lexus Club Terrace tickets for select August home games during Texas Rangers Fan Fest. Offer is available online Friday at 9 a.m. through midnight on Saturday at texasrangers.com/fanfest, or at the Fan Fest box office located at the Arlington Convention Center during Fan Fest hours.
Dynamic ticket pricing introduced in upper deck
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are introducing dynamic ticket pricing for adult Upper Reserved seating for all non-premier and premier games in 2013.
In partnership with Qcue, the leading provider of demand-based pricing software for live entertainment events, the Rangers will use software analysis to set and adjust ticket prices higher or lower for each game in real-time based on market demand and factors such as pitching matchups, team performance, opponent, weather and day of week. Upper Reserved seating represents nearly 20 percent of the total seating capacity of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.More than half of the 30 Major League teams have implemented different versions of demand-based pricing in the last several years, with a number of clubs utilizing the system for its entire seating inventory. Qcue, based in Austin, Texas, works with a number of MLB, NBA and NHL teams on demand-based pricing. "Implementing dynamic pricing will allow us to broaden our ticket-buying fan base while providing greater day-to-day pricing flexibility," Rangers COO Rick George said. "It also will reward fans for purchasing tickets earlier in the season and allow us to protect season-ticket holder value. We are using dynamic pricing in just one seating category in 2013, and will be evaluating its effectiveness to determine if the program will be expanded in future seasons." Upper Reserved seats for children 13 and under are priced at $6 for all games, and are not impacted by dynamic pricing.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.