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09/17/2008 1:15 PM ET
Oakland Athletics announce 2009 schedule
Next year's ticket prices will not increase
tickets for any Major League Baseball game
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OAKLAND -- With aspirations of returning to playoff form, the Oakland Athletics will christen the 2009 season with a four-game series against their cross-state rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium April 6-9. Following the opening road series, the A's return to Oakland for Opening Night on Friday, April 10 against the Seattle Mariners.

While the April 10 date kicks off a six-game April homestand which features three games vs. the Mariners and three contests against perennial American League East power Boston (April 13-15), the Athletics will play 16 of their first 25 games of 2009 on the road. However, A's fans will be treated to plenty of local action soon thereafter, as the team will stage 15 home games in the months of May and June, and is slated to play a season-high 16 games in Oakland in August.

The Athletics have also announced that ticket pricing will not increase for any section for 2009, and in some sections will decrease. With an emphasis on providing value pricing for families, the A's will expand its $2 Wednesday ticket offer to include an additional 4,000 seats for every regular season Wednesday game. A new "Friday Family Pack" will include four Plaza Level tickets and four meals for only $50, and be available every Friday during the regular season. In addition, family value merchandise will be available every game, with an Athletics tee shirt offered for sale at $10 and an Athletics baseball cap for $10.

Field Level Outfield ticket pricing will be reduced for individual games from $30 to $26. A part of the Lower Bowl seating will be reduced from $35 to $30. Other sections will remain the same, including Plaza Reserved tickets for all games that are priced at just $9.

"The Athletics have always placed great importance on keeping our product affordable for fans and families," said Jim Leahey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Given today's economic situation, we have expanded our efforts to make Major League Baseball accessible to fans of every budget."

As in past years, the Athletics' schedule will feature 18 interleague games, including the traditional six contests (three home, three away) against cross-bay rival San Francisco and-new next season-three games each against all other National League West Division teams (home dates vs. Arizona and Colorado, and road games at Los Angeles and San Diego).

The Red Sox and New York Yankees, perhaps the two most popular attractions each year, both make only one appearance in the Bay Area in 2009. While Boston plays three weekday games in the season's opening homestand, the Yankees will visit Oakland for another three-game weekday series August 17-19.

The A's will play three nine-game homestands next year on May 4-13, June 22-July 1, and August 14-23. In the interleague portion of the schedule, Arizona's Diamondbacks, still in contention for their second straight NL West title this season, will invade Oakland for a three-game weekend set May 22-24, while Colorado's Rockies-who were crowned National League champions in 2007-visit Oakland for three weekday matchups June 26-28.

Perhaps the most challenging stretch of the 2009 campaign is the first two weeks following the All-Star Break, as the A's play four traditional playoff contenders in the Los Angeles Angels (July 16-18) and Minnesota Twins (July 20-22) at home, followed by road dates against the Yankees (July 24-26) and Red Sox (July 27-30).

As for special days or holidays on the home schedule, the A's will play Seattle on Easter Sunday, April 12, host Toronto on Mother's Day, May 10, and square off against Seattle on Memorial Day, May 25. Oakland will be idle on Labor Day next season, but will face the Indians in Cleveland on the Fourth of July.

One comforting aspect to the 2009 schedule: Oakland plays 11 of its last 17 games at home, including four-game visits by Cleveland (September 17-20) and Texas (September 21-24), and a final three-game weekend series vs. the Angels on October 2-4.

Season ticket plans will include Field Infield tickets for 22 fan-selected games for $660. As with individual game tickets, there will be no increases in season ticket pricing from the 2008 regular price. For 2009 season ticket information, please call 510-638-GOA's or visit www.oaklandathletics.com/2009. General ticket information also can be found on the A's website at www.oaklandathletics.com.
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