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Posted Jan 21, 2011, 8:12 am
Mike Feder, general manager of the Tucson Padres, wanted to make a statement to local baseball fans by having the lowest-priced tickets in all of Triple-A baseball.
Padres tickets are now on sale, and all of them are $10.50 or less per ticket.
"We wanted to make (tickets) as affordable as possible, because we felt it was essential to get fans back out to the ballpark and create a welcoming environment," Feder said. "We wanted to send a message to people that everyone is welcome."
The Tucson Padres, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, begin their season on April 7 in Colorado Springs. Their home opener at Kino Stadium (formerly Tucson Electric Park) is Friday, April 15.
"Tucson has lost too many things in this city," Feder said. "Spring training, the LPGA, the Copperbowl, Triple-A baseball—they're all gone now. And it's important that we change the momentum."
Feder was a GM of the Tucson Sidewinders and the Tucson Toros from 1999-2000. After working for the New Orleans Saints, he made his way back to Tucson.
"My wife and I decided that Tucson is home," he said. "So I care a lot about what goes on in this town, both baseball-wise and non-baseball-wise."
In addition to tickets now going on sale, the Tucson Padres will launch both a logo and a website (www.tucsonpadres.com) Tuesday at approximately 2 p.m., according to Feder. The team's site will reflect milb.com's (Minor League Baseball) appearance and offer very similar information.
In terms of promotional events, Feder said he has many ideas in the works but wants to keep staples such as fireworks night, Thirsty Thursdays and giveaways alive. He also hopes for an attendance of at least 300,000 people this season.
"It's our hope that there's a tremendous thirst for baseball in this city, and we want to feed that thirst," Feder said.
To purchase tickets for the 2011 season, call (520) 434-1367. In additional to individual game tickets, ticket packages (season, weekend and vouchers) are also available.