The two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers are looking forward to February rolling around so they can hit the practice field in Surprise, Ariz., in search for their first World Series title.
Fans, too, are looking forward to spring training that begins March 4 with a matchup against the Kansas City Royals at 12:05 p.m. MST. While fans can buy tickets at the gate, online purchases make things simpler and maybe even easier on the pocketbook.
The Rangers website has partnered with Ticketmaster and offers single-game and packaged deals. The packaged deals include a stay at one of four featured resorts in the area, a rental car, attendance at an event with team personnel, game ticketss and custom Rangers merchandise.
Fans can also take advantage of these options:
- Single game - $7-25
- Seven games - $119-154 (pre-selected home games)
- 14 games - $238-294 (all home games)
- 29 games - $377-580 (all games at Surprise Stadium; includes the Rangers and the Royals)
Links on the Surprise spring training website also lead fans to Ticketmaster.
When considering making a purchase online, buy tickets from a reputable source such as a team website, Ticketmaster or StubHub.com, for example. Keep in mind that StubHub is a third-party agent that sells tickets on behalf of current owners. The owners set the price.
When considering an online purchase, consumers should ask the following questions:
- Have you heard of the company before? If not, that doesn't mean the online service is running a scam. Check with a monitoring agency, such as the Better Business Bureau, before making the purchase.
- Is there a physical address? If the address isn't obvious to the consumer, look elsewhere.
- Is there any other form of contact information? Most companies will list a physical address and/or a telephone number. If they only list an email address or online contact form, move on to another site.
The Federal Trade Commission also offers tips for online shopping.
Two must-see games while the Rangers are in Surprise include the club's March 24 tilt against Albert Pujols--and possibly former Rangers ace C.J. Wilson--and the Los Angeles Anaheim Angels at 1:05 p.m. MST. The next is March 29 when the Rangers face the San Francisco Giants at 6:05 p.m. MST.
The Rangers' regular season begins April 6 at home against the Chicago White Sox.
John Ingle has been a fan of and has followed the Rangers from the time he met Buddy Bell and Bump Wills in 1980 when he was a student at Ruth Ditto Elementary School in Arlington, Texas.