The smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of a wooden bat making contact with the baseball, the anticipation of a stadium full of people gearing up for one of America’s favorite pastimes. Baseball season is back and some teams are showing their appreciation for past and present service members with military discounts.
Discounts on games and gear vary widely from team to team. As I find more, I will add them here. As always, the best resource for discount confirmation would be the team website or your local military ticket office. The local USO or Armed Services YMCA may offer discounts or free tickets as well.
Here are the some great military discounts for Major League Baseball games for the 2015 season.
All active, reserve, retired and veteran military personnel receive a 50% discount on up to four tickets for all Sunday home games in 2015. http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/military_discount.jsp
Active, Retired, Reserve, and Veteran Military personnel as well as First Responders enjoy 50% off Upper Box or Outfield tickets to all remaining regular season 2015 Braves home games.
The Orioles offer a $5 discount off of all tickets for military and their families, available at the Oriole Park Box Office. All Active Duty Personnel are encouraged to show their active duty ID badge to receive a complimentary Orioles cap, featuring a camouflage “O”, at the Fan Assistance Center in the Warehouse at any home game. The Orioles are proud to continue the tradition of offering free “Welcome Home” messages on Oriole Park’s center field video board for all active military personnel returning home from duty.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox offer special pricing on tickets to active-duty, reserve, veteran, and retired servicemembers and families through their partnership with govx.com.. Tickets are available in a variety of locations on a first-come, first-served basis.
Chicago White Sox
Active members of the military can receive one free ticket, based on availability, at the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office on the day of the game by presenting their I.D. This offer excludes Opening Day, Cubs series and premium games.
One free ticket to all games for active-duty or retired military and guard/reserve personnel in Outfield Box, Outfield Reserved or Berm seating. Up to another four people in military personnel’s families may purchase tickets at the group rate.
Active members and Veterans of the military are eligible to purchase half-price box office dynamically priced Upper Box Infield and Upper Reserved tickets to all 2015 Monday-Thursday regular season home games excluding June 9 and 10. Tickets must be purchased at the Comerica Park Box Office and a valid military ID or Veteran ID must be presented at time of purchase. Service members and Veterans may purchase a maximum of four (4) tickets per customer. This offer is based on availability. http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/community/saluteheroes.jsp
The Astros offer half price tickets to any active or veteran military member.
- Any Sunday – Thursday game*
- Up to eight half-price tickets available per person when presenting a valid military I.D.
- Offer applies to Field Box I ($21), Field Box II ($15), Bullpen ($14), Mezzanine ($11), View Deck I ($8) and View Deck II ($7) seating
- Offer available at the Minute Maid Park Box office only
* Excluding Yankees on April 1-3, Rangers on May 12-14, Red Sox on July 13 and Rangers on August 10, 28 and 31
Kansas City Royals
Active-duty and retired military may purchase up to 4 half-price tickets for all regular season games (excluding Opening Day and Marquee games) in Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Outfield Plaza, Hy-Vee Box and Hy-Vee View seating categories. This offer can only be redeemed by presenting your valid military ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.
(Opening Day and Marquee games include the following dates: 4/6, 5/16, 5/22, 5/23, 5/24, 6/5, 6/19, 6/20, 7/4, 7/10, 7/24, 8/7, 8/14, 8/26)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Uniformed personnel (limited to law enforcement, Fire, & Military) receive up to 50% off View MVP, Lower View MVP, Field All-Star, Terrace All-Star, Field Reserved, Right Field MVP. (Right Field Pavilion, Terrace All-Star, and Terrace Box accessible seats also) on select games with valid id
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers offer discounted military prices, including $50 loge box MVP seats, $30 right field pavilion seats, and $25 preferred field box seats.
All active and retired military personnel and veterans receive complimentary tickets for Monday home games in 2015. This offer includes 4 complimentary tickets which are to be used only for spouses and children of individual with the identification.
For select games throughout the season, the Minnesota Twins offer the opportunity for active military members or veterans, plus four guests, to receive half-price tickets in Home Plate View seating locations. Available day of game only and not available April 13.
New York Mets
Military (active, retired, reserve, veteran) and First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS) are invited to purchase discounted tickets to select 2014 Mets home games throughout the season. Upper Level seats start at just $9 each and Field Level locations are available for 25-60% off regular box office prices.
New York Yankees
Active military members can present their military identification card at designated Yankee Stadium Ticket Windows before Monday through Thursday home games and receive one complimentary ticket in the Grandstand Level or Bleachers, or purchase one half-price ticket in other areas in Yankee Stadium excluding the Legends Suite, Champions Suite, Delta SKY360° Suite, Jim Beam Suite, Field MVP Club, Field MVP and Audi Yankees Club.
Tickets may be purchased ONLY on the day of the game, beginning two hours before the scheduled start time of the game at Yankee Stadium Ticket Windows
Active duty, reserve, retired and veteran Military personnel are invited to purchase Salute to Service Sunday tickets to any Oakland A’s Sunday home game at a discounted price. Receive $7 off Plaza Level tickets and $5 off Plaza Reserved tickets to every Sunday home game.
The Philadelphia Phillies offer all military personnel, veterans, and their guests an $8 discount off the regular price of tickets for 5 select games in 2015 (April 21, May 14, July 20, August 28, and September 11).
For Sunday home games, they also offer military members a special $8 discount off regularly priced tickets in select locations.
San Diego Padres
For 2015, The Padres are offering a military discount of 25% off any available tickets for active duty, reservists, retirees, veterans and family members military discounts on tickets for all regular season home games. Military can receive 50% off any available ticket at all Sunday regular season home games in 2015.
U.S. Military receive 10% off select Main, Terrace and View Level seats at all home games. Limit four tickets per ID
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals are offering all military personnel, their family and friends a special offer for All-Inclusive tickets for five select games in 2015. Tickets are available for as low as $60 and include a buffet and complimentary beer and soda.
All current or former military personnel are eligible for up to 40% off regular gate price tickets when purchasing tickets online.
Military service members receive deeply discounted Nationals tickets available exclusively to them and their families. Tickets can be purchased through MWR and ITT offices at area bases and the Pentagon. Most ticket levels also include a food and beverage credit to reduce the total cost of the outing.
Just for fun:
Baseball Hall of Fame
Active/Retired Military receive free admission, Veterans receive discounted admission
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
Active Duty Military Free with $2.00 off adult admission for dependents and $2.00 off adult admission for retired military.
Minor League Ball
Check with your local team to see if they offer any military discounts or packages.
Teams I couldn’t find discount information for:
Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays