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09/15/2009 5:10 PM ET
Oakland Athletics Unveils 2010 Schedule
Team Also Announces Season Ticket Pricing will be Reduced an Average of 10% Next Year
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The Oakland Athletics announced their 2010 schedule today, highlighted by six home games each against perennial AL East powerhouses, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and three games vs. their interleague cross-bay rival San Francisco Giants at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The A's, who also announced 2010 season ticket pricing will be reduced an average of 10 percent, will christen the new campaign with a four-game home series against perennial All-Star Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners Monday through Thursday, April 5-8. Opening Night at the Coliseum April 5 will start at 7:05 p.m., preceded by the traditional pre-game festivities.

2010 marks the third straight year that A's season ticket pricing has not increased, and in some cases, has decreased. Additional season ticket information for 2010 is now available at www.oaklandathletics.com/2010. Unlike this season when its April schedule was heavily weighted on the road, Oakland will launch the 2010 campaign by playing 14 of its first 20 games at home. Twenty of the A's first 32 contests will also be staged at the Oakland- Alameda County Coliseum, including early Bay Area appearances by the Yankees (April 20-22) and the 2008 American League champion Tampa Bay Rays (May 7-9).

Beyond 10 percent savings in season ticket pricing, the A's will offer season packages designed to maximize flexibility and value. For as little as $198 per seat, fans can select 22 of the top games for 2010. Also new for next season, the A's will offer "Free Parking Tuesdays," allowing fans to park for free during all non-premium Tuesday night games during the regular season home schedule.

"We recognize that the economic environment continues to be difficult," said Jim Leahey, the A's vice president of sales and marketing. "Given that reality, we will continue to do everything we can to make our product as affordable as possible. As our exciting young group of players develops into a contending team, we want to reward fans who make the commitment to be a part of that growth. Our 10% season ticket price decrease is another example of our efforts to make A's baseball accessible, affordable, and value-driven. That value will be even more meaningful to fans given the attractive schedule in 2010."

Leahey also said the team will continue many of this season's successful promotions, including BART Double Play Wednesday ($2 tickets and $1 hot dogs for regular season Wednesday home games), and the University of Phoenix "Friday Family Pack" offering which includes four tickets and four meals for only $50 for each Friday game. As in past years, Oakland's schedule will be comprised of an unbalanced format that includes:

  • Nineteen games against every American League West opponent.
  • Nine or 10 games vs. all other American League teams outside of its division (except for Toronto with seven games and Detroit, which the A's face only six times in 2010).
  • Eighteen interleague games, including the traditional six-game Bay Bridge Series (May 21-23 in Oakland, June 11-13 in San Francisco) with the Giants, plus new three-game matchups in the month of June against four of the National League Central Division's six teams. The Cincinnati Reds (June 21-23) and Pittsburgh Pirates (June 25-27) make Coliseum appearances next season, while the A's visit Wrigley Field in Chicago (June 15-17) and Busch Stadium in St. Louis (June 18-20).

Even though their regular season culminates with a seven-game, seven-day road trip to Anaheim (Sept. 27-29) and Seattle (Sept. 30-Oct. 3), the A's feature their most home dates (16) in September when they host the Los Angeles Angels (Sept. 3-5), Seattle Mariners (Sept. 6-8), Boston Red Sox (Sept. 10-12), Chicago White Sox (Sept. 20-22) and Texas Rangers (Sept. 23-26) during the final stretch run in 2010.

July will also be an attractive month for A's fans, as the Yankees (July 5-7), Angels (July 9-11), Red Sox (July 19-21) and White Sox (July 23-25)-all current 2009 divisional leaders or playoff contenders-will invade the Oakland- Alameda County Coliseum.

As for special days or holidays on the home schedule, the A's will play Tampa Bay on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, and will host Seattle on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. On the road, Oakland will face the Tigers in Detroit on Memorial Day, May 31, and will play the Indians in Cleveland on the Fourth of July.

Season ticket plans for 2010 start as low as $9 per game and include a discounted parking option, free ticket exchange options and postseason ticket rights. As an added incentive, the A's marketing department is offering a free authentic Rickey Henderson jersey to the first 100 new accounts who place a $150 per seat deposit on a 2010 ticket plan. The offer is valid for new accounts only, minimum two deposits per account.

For 2010 season ticket information, please call 510-638-GOA's or visit www.oaklandathletics.com/2010.

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