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Giants offer early access to tickets

The San Francisco Giants are offering a holiday pre-sale of tickets through Friday.
The San Francisco Giants are offering a holiday pre-sale of tickets through Friday.
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The World Champions are giving fans a chance to get spring and early summer tickets before the holidays.

The San Franciso Giants planned to end their single-game pre-sale today (Monday), but overwhelming response led the team to extend the offer through Friday.

Russ Stanley, the Giants managing vice president of ticket operations, told examiner.com that the team sold 25,000 tickets the first day the pre-sale was offered, Dec. 8. He added that the available pre-sale tickets for the Giants-Dodger series in April have already sold out. (Note to fans: The games themselves have not been sold out, just the limited pre-sale holiday tickets the Giants were offering. Season-ticket purchasers and fans buying single-game tickets at FanFest in February can still land tickets for the Dodgers' first series of 2011 at AT&T Park).

Stanley said selling 25,000 pre-sale tickets in one day is comparable to what the organization sees the first day when single-game tickets go on sale to the public.

“We dusted off the ticket system and took care of the business we had,” Stanley said of surviving the first-day onslaught.

The pre-sale extension will give fans a total of 10 days to snag tickets for holiday gifts or for themselves. Stanley said with word of the sale now spreading – the Giants only initially sent e-mails to individuals subscribing to team e-mail alerts and listed as Giant fans at mlb.com – it seemed appropriate to extend the pre-sale.

The Giants have offered ticket six-packs and four-packs, but this is their first go-around into pre-sales for single-game tickets.

Couple the pre-sale numbers, with the 25,000 season tickets the Giants sell and the expected rush when the actual public sale begins in February and the World Champions are well on the way to filling AT&T Ballpark on a daily basis.

Stanley noted that the early part of the baseball season is a tougher time to fill the ballpark. He said the pre-sale – covering games through June – aims to boost attendance for the Giants' early home games.

“Once kids are out of school, things pick up,” Stanley said. “But rather than saying games through early June, we said the pre-sale would cover games through the end of June ... It sounded better.”

A surprise in the pre-sale has been how well games against the Atlanta Braves have sold. Stanley said the Braves have not been a great draw in the past, but the Giants' divisional series against the Braves this past season may have spurred some extra interest in the match-up.

He said home games where fans project Giants ace Tim Lincicome will pitch also are seeing a spike, as they normally do both at home and on the road.

Stanley would not say how many pre-sale tickets the Giants put on sale, but did say the same amount of tickets were put on sale across the board for all the early home games.

Every home game for May and June, including a 10-game Giant homestand in June, was made a part of the pre-sale, as was most of April. Pre-sale tickets are available for Lower Boxes, two sets of View Level seats and Bleachers.

While the Giants' 2010 World Championship was enough gift for any longtime Giant fan, tickets to see the 2011 team aren't too shabby of a present either.

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