Originally Posted by ChiSoxGirl
As many of you know, I'm a 20-year veteran of this event and I have to say, I'm pretty surprised that the pricing remains the same once again. Nearly $300 for two nights in the hotel, plus an additional $60 per weekend pass (season ticket holder discount) for a team that lost 99 games and has exactly one marketable player (Chris Sale)? The Sox got this one wrong - big time. Since there was such a delay from the Sox with this information, I was hopeful the delay was a result of price tweaking. I guess they didn't get the message over the last several years that this is too expensive for the casual fan, or even some die-hards based on the lack of attendance.
After all of the surveys the Sox have sent out over the course of the last year, they still think it's OK to charge people a young fortune for its fan convention? I just don't get it. They're so out-of-touch with their fan base, it's not even funny. It'll be comical to watch the Sox all but get down on their knees and plead with people to attend this event once December and January roll around.
I went for the first time last year. Like most people, I got free tickets from my ticket rep. I think that might be one of the reasons for the high prices, they give out a bunch of passes. If that wasn't well attended last year, I never want to go when it is well attended. The talks were all full on Saturday, especially the 2005 panel. You had to get in line hours before the player was to sign just to wait more to get that autograph. In January they will be selling single day passes like they always do.
I guess I don't see the disconnect that you do. They lowered ticket prices and parking prices to match what the fans asked for in last years survey. What did the fans do to thank them? Averaged about 2,500 people LESS per game. Yes, this was a hard team to watch, but last year they won and people STILL didn't show up. I think it is a mixture of both fans and the team, not just the team not hearing the fans.
As far as the garage sales and whatnot, yeah the price structure is sorta messed up on some items. But you can get some good deals if you get there early and look hard enough. I have two fitted hats that I wear all the time that I picked up at Soxfest last year for $10 each. I also have a shirt that retails over $100 that I got brand new at one of the sales for $50.