"The new thing this year is that you can select specific tickets online, which we haven't had in the past," explains Iowa Assistant General Manager Jim Nahas. The new option, says Nahas, is the result of a change in ticket providers. And while purchasing tickets to sporting events online isn't exactly unheard of in this day and age, the options one has in doing so for Iowa Cub games have changed.
"We're doing business with a company called Ticket Return, who makes it possible for anyone to do online ordering by simply printing their tickets at home, with a bar code already in place," says Nahas. "In the past, we've only allowed fans to place orders online. As of now, though, you won't even have to come to the Will-Call window at Principal Park; you can just come through the gates with your tickets already in hand."
It is a concept that has been adopted at many stadiums and arenas in professional sports.
Nahas also discussed several promotions the Cubs have planned this season.
"One of our most successful promotions is the autographed ball giveaways," said Nahas. "On August 23, the first 4,000 fans through the gates will receive an autographed baseball from current or former Iowa Cubs—including Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. This is one promotion that keeps getting more successful each year."
Nahas admits the team tries to throw in a mix of Hall of Fame players and current Iowa Cubs in regards to specific promotions, but says, "Obviously, there's not as many [Hall of Fame players] as there are Iowa players, but we hope to have an extremely good promotion again."
The Cubs will also feature a promotion titled "Shirt off our Back," where on July 15, fans can bid on jerseys of several Iowa players throughout the game.
"If you have highest bid at the end of the game," explains Nahas, "you'll get to go on the field, where the player will autograph the jersey for you."
Nahas also encouraged fans to order tickets to the Cubs' July 4 game against Round Rock due to increased demand stemming from the traditional post-game fireworks show at Principal Park.
In addition to the online services, fans can also order tickets over the phone by calling 1-800-GO-ICUBS. For more information on placing ticket orders online, visit the Cubs' official website by clicking HERE.
For the Diamond Jaxx, there aren't quite as many changes in the way fans can order tickets, but team play-by-play broadcaster Ron Potesta went over some of their team's promotions as well.
"Every Sunday this year, we are going to offer a free general admission ticket for any fan that donates a baseball glove or other piece of equipment," says Potesta. "The equipment donated will be generated to needy children throughout the community. We call it ‘For the Glove of the Game.' "
In addition, college students with a proper student ID will be given a free general admission ticket every Monday at Pringles Park, and Tuesday is "two-for-Tuesday," where fans can buy one ticket, popcorn or hot dog, and get another free."
The biggest shift in promotion, however, is on Wednesday's.
"We call it ‘Wrigley Wednesday'," said Potesta. "Every Wednesday home game this season at Pringles Park will be an afternoon start, and we figure that if any of these kids eventually have the opportunity to play at Wrigley Field, afternoon starts will be something they'll have to get accustomed to."
Saturday's, the Jaxx will offer a family four-pack of tickets, where any family of four can receive four tickets, four hot dogs, four soda's, four kid's zone tickets, and four programs for just $25—a 40 percent discount off the normal price, reminds Potesta.
Also planned are "Star Wars Night" on May 17 against the Carolina Mudcats, and "Tennessee Army National Guard Night," also against Carolina on July 29, where Pringles Park will feature various videos of troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Flags and yellow ribbons will be distributed to fans that night.
Added Potesta, "We're also hoping to have some kind of a ‘Ryne Sandberg Day' on the afternoon Sandberg is put into the Hall of Fame. We haven't finalized anything yet but we're hoping to do that."
Fans can purchase individual tickets to Jaxx home games at the box office at Pringles Park, or reserve tickets by calling 731-988-5299.
The will be the Jaxx' eighth year of affiliation with the Cubs, and Iowa's 25th.