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Hey Russ, are you getting season tickets?
The San Antonio Talons 2012 Schedule from the AFL Press Release:
Week # . Day/Date ......... Opponent
.. 1 ...... Sat - Mar 3 ...... Utah Blaze
.. 2 ...... Sat - Mar 17 .... Spokane Shock
.. 3 ...... OPEN
.. 4 ...... Sat - Mar 31 .... @ Orlando Predators
.. 5 ...... Fri - Apr 6 ........ @ San Jose Sabercats
.. 6 ...... Fri - Apr 13 ..... New Orleans VooDoo - (Televised on NFLN)
.. 7 ...... Sat - Apr 21 ... @ Arizona Rattlers
.. 8 ...... Sat - Apr 28 ...... Chicago Rush
.. 9 ...... Sat - May 5 ..... @ Kansas City Command
.. 10 ..... Sat - May 12 ..... Pittsburgh Power
.. 11 ..... Sat - May 19 ..... San Jose Sabercats
.. 12 ..... Sat - May 26 ..... @ Utah Blaze
.. 13 ..... OPEN
.. 14 ..... Sat - Jun 9 ...... @ New Orleans VooDoo
.. 15 ..... Sat - Jun 16 ..... Iowa Barnstormers
.. 16 ..... Sat - Jun 23 ..... @ Tampa Bay Storm
.. 17 ..... Sat - Jun 30 ..... Kansas City Command
.. 18 ..... Sun - Jul 8 ...... @ Chicago Rush
.. 19 ..... Sat - Jul 14 ..... Arizona Rattlers
.. 20 ..... Sat - Jul 21 ..... @ Iowa Barnstormers
I was at the Texas Stars game lastnight with Derik Stotland and his wife, he has signed with the Talons. Another Austin connection as he played for the Wranglers and TurfCats. Then of course there's Robert Quiroga from the T-Cats. Matt and Mark from the Tailgate looked into front row seats but said they're too expensive. Somehow the team says they're expecting 25k attendance, that would be sweet but not AFL numbers.
25K will never happen. They didn't even have 7K for the opening game. I think the announced attendance was like 6,888 and that might be a generous number. I'm kind of turned off by this team to be honest and don't think I can get behind them and support them. Thier ticket prices wern't to my liking and the seating arrrangements are less then desirable. The cheapest ticket after fees is like 20 bucks so for a family of 4 you're looking at well over $150 bucks after parking, and concessions. Not to mention when you do go to buy tickets it makes it seem like they're all sold out. I tried looking for tickets for the Utah game and according to the website there wern't too many tickets available and the ones they did offer were like $45. Yet come gametime all those seats were empty.
CD, if you wanna come down for a game let me know in advance and we"ll work something out. I"ll PM you my info.
I agree with what you're saying. The Talons did lower ticket prices today so now they do have some $10 dollar ones.
San Antonio Talons Cut Ticket Prices
March 14, 2012 - Arena Football League (AFL) San Antonio Talons
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (March 14, 2012) -- The San Antonio Talons are off and running in the Arena Football League after a successful season opener this past Saturday at the Alamodome. Following the Talons 54-48 victory over the Utah Blaze, new team owner, David Lynd, of Lynd Sports, LLC, huddled with his Talons management team on ideas of how to improve the fan experience.
First on the agenda was ticket pricing. Lynd, a San Antonio native, felt there was a need to reduce prices to make attending Talons games more affordable.
"It was obvious to us that one of the first things we needed to do was cut prices," said Lynd, who took over Talons ownership just last week from original team owner, Jason Lohe. "No matter the quality of the product we put on the field, if it's not priced right for the fans, they simply aren't going to buy."
Lynd chopped all ticket prices, including lowering the lowest priced ticket to $10. Other tickets have been cut as much as $20 per ticket, at every price level.
"We wanted to price a Talons game where a family, or group of four, could spend under $100 and receive four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks. They can now do that."
Lynd recognizes that ticket pricing and team support go hand in hand. "With me being from San Antonio, I did not want pricing to be an issue with fans when deciding to attend a game," he said. "This is San Antonio's team and we wanted all San Antonian's to be able to get behind us. If we want professional football to succeed here, the fans will have to do their part. But it is our obligation to put a good product on the field and make it affordable for all fans. I feel we have now done both."
I was at the opening game, afterwards the new owner did get an earfull and will be receiving many emails about it. He listened to the complaints and told us to also email our concerns.
I sat front row of the endzone at the Talons bench. The seating was supposed to start at row 7 but supposedly the media had complained that there wasn't enough room for them between the bleachers and the wall. My feeling was, so what, fans deserve to be on the wall. Well, they eliminated the first two rows of seating and moved everything back to make a large area between the seats and wall. There were a couple of photographers on the wall but mostly just misc. people, it wasn't full of "Media" personnel.
There was no email or notification to the season ticket holders about this change. When we went to our seats row 7 & 8 were just missing and the first row was 9. We called the director of ticketing and he explained the situation and did immediately come down to meet with us. New tickets had been printed for everyone in the endzone, but no ticket holders seemed to be aware of it.
The new tickets they gave us were disappointing, just bland generic tickets. The original ones were colored, said "SEASON ONE", had the logo's of both teams, and a picture of Aaron Garcia getting ready to throw a pass. I guess those can be framed and mounted since they are no longer viable to get scanned at the door.
And the "Door" was another problem. The team website and commercials had said the doors would open at noon for the 3:00 game. The weather was bad, cold and rainy. Parking is not close, most lots have to walk to the end by the train station, go down the sairs (quite a few) to street level, walk down the street, and back up stairs on the other side of the train tracks.
When we got to the door they wouldn't let anyone in. They said the doors would open at 2:00. So now a crowd is gathering, they were wet, cold, and very unhappy. We walked around the building hoping to find an open door, on the backside of the arena we got a couple of ushers to feel sorry for us and let us in. They said it was only because it was raining. There was a small crowd already inside, they herded us all to one area and had most of the concourse roped off and closed.
There was supposed to be a team sponsored tailgate starting at 10:30 but the weather didin't cooperate. They had a live band and moved them inside. They were playing in the concourse, much too loud for the small area. If they moved the band inside why didn't they open the doors and let the fans in?
Seats "on the wall" are a joke. On the side of the field the Talons bench is located, the actual "fan seating" is probably 30' away from the wall. There are boxes roped off all along the wall with folding chair seating, similar to what Spokane had for their outdoor game last year. This seating is not for sale, it's all VIP seating, the owners box, sponsors, etc. On the other side of the field where the visiting bench is the first row of seating is approx. 10'-15' from the wall. Paying the high ticket prices for "Wall" seating here is B.S.
We were told the endzone we sat in was soldout and you couldn't get them anymore. Yet it was only half full (if that). A lot of people were moving down from the cheap seats filling in the empties as the game went on.
Parking was free for game one but they'll be charging for the rest of the games. The halftime was non-existent. The mascot came out and danced around and threw out a few T-Shirts, and I do mean only a few. The seats were so far away the shirts fell short. A guy was trying to throw collapsable frisbees to the crowd but he couldn't reach them either and finally left the field and went over to the bleachers to throw them. Heck, even the lowly Indoor leagues have the cheerleaders as a group tossing T-Shirts - lol. It was real weak.
I did expect a higher attendance, The fan fest drew over 8,000 so I thought the game would too. Some felt spring break was the partial cause along with the weather. Bad weather never swayed me from attending an Indoor event - lol. If Spring break was a cause it will also affect this weeks game as many won't be back home yet or worn out and broke.
They did seem a little disorganized, granted it was their initial game so hopefully it only gets better. Plus the ownership was changed the week of the game. The original owner supposedly had some family/personel issues back in CA he had to return for and sold the majority of the team to Lynd at the last moment.