The St. Louis Cardinals announced the promotional schedule for the 2013 season today. It will feature replica jerseys, replica rings, bats, socks, and of course, everyone’s favorite giveaway, bobbleheads.
It will kick off with the schedule magnet giveaway at the home opener against the Reds. You can get a Stan Musial Harmonica on April 12th against the Brewers. The Bobbleheads include Carlos Beltran (April 28th), Mike Shannon with voice chip (July 5th), Ozzie Smith (July 19th), and Mike Matheny (Sept 13th).
There are some cool ones that I’d like. Like the Team Canvas Print (August 23rd) or the Molina replica Gold Glove Award (April 14th) or the 2006 Replica Championship ring (April 26th). But I don’t know if it’s really get me going to extra games.
All this got me thinking, do promotional giveaways really sell more tickets? There has to be some evidence to support it, or they’d have stopped doing it. But they don’t really work much for me. I’d still be going to the same number of games. I may move one of the ones that I attend to a particular promotional item if I wanted one. Or I could just find it down the road on eBay.
I go for the game not the giveaway, but maybe that’s just the mentality of a hardened fan and not a casual fan. Kids love the giveaway stuff too, I guess.
But how about you? Do they affect what games you go to? Would you go to a game specifically for the giveaway? And if so, what giveaway?