NOTE: The Giants have changed their re-entry policy this year and unless it’s a family emergency you cannot be re-admitted to the park once you have gone outside the gates. This eliminates the strategy of using four tickets to get four bobbleheads, then dropping them off at your car and returning to watch the game.
The growth of “Special Event Tickets” at Giants games and elsewhere in MLB has created some confusion. Here’s how the different kinds of tickets work:
San Francisco Giants Tickets and Promotional Items
Regular San Francisco Giants baseball game tickets (like the ones we sell) get you into the stadium to watch the game. Most days there are no extra goodies, but about 12 times a season your regular ticket also includes any promotional giveaways that are taking place that day. But there are some potential catches to know about:
- Kids’ items. Some items are given only to kids 14 and under. You may crave that cap or banner, but only the kids are going to get them.
- Limited quantities. Some items are given to the first 20,000 fans through the gate, which means you need to get in line early — in some cases a full two hours early. Other items (like most bobbleheads) are given to the first 40,000, which means almost everyone gets one. You still want to come a little early but don’t have to sweat being here before the gates open.
- Re-entry process. As of 2017 the Giants have eliminated re-entry to the park: once you’re outside the gates you cannot come back in and your ticket is dead. This was a necessary measure taken by the Giants because the ebay hoarders were getting more and more aggressive about rushing in and out of the ballpark to get their next bobblehead, even pushing or elbowing other guests.
- Special celebrations. Some days, like the Willie Mac Award Ceremony with Willie McCovey near the end of each season, are unique pre-game events rather than giveaways or “Special Events,” which are described in the next section below. Everyone who comes early gets to attend these celebrations. Favorites include World Series Ring ceremonies (how cool is that!), team reunions from 1962, 1989, 2002 etc. and Little League Day where the kids parade around the stadium.
Special Events at Giants Games
The Giants have been really creative at developing these programs, which as a group are called “special events.” Here’s how they work:
- You do NOT buy a regular game ticket (like the ones we sell). Instead you buy a specific event ticket that has a surcharge (which often goes to charity) and includes BOTH your ticket to the ball game AND some kind of a special limited-edition gift, most often a bobblehead or T-shirt.
- More than one special event can take place on the same day, so make sure you’re getting the right ticket so you get the right item and sit with the right group.
- Group members often sit together in a special designated section for that day, so if you’re at Filipino Heritage Night you’ll be surrounded by people who want to celebrate Filipino heritage and culture. At Metallica Night you’ll be surrounded by Metallica fans, in which case it will be helpful to also be a Metallica fan (we say from personal experience!)
The Giants’ website has game-specific information on each of these Special Events.
Rock Concerts, Football Games, Monster Truck Rallies etc.
During the off-season all kinds of other events take place at AT&T Park, and some may be marketed as “Special Events,” which can add to the confusion between off-season concerts and “Special Events” games with special tickets for celebrations by special groups.
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