By Dean Smith
The Orioles are looking to add a power bat to their lineup and a quality starting pitcher for next season. In the meantime, they have upgraded their roster of suite options at Camden Yards.
For 2013, the front office has responded to feedback from fans and created all-inclusive suite packages for five-, 10-, 20-, 41- and 81-game plans in response to a changing economy and the sometimes untenable nature of a full-season commitment.
These new suite packages are designed to provide the ultimate Oriole Park experience for families, friends, colleagues and organizations.
"We've found that the five- and 10-game suite packages offer an alternative to individuals and organizations that find an 81-game package unwieldy," said Monica Barlow, director of public relations for the Orioles. "You get direct access to your clients and prospects, and it is an attractive opportunity to see an Orioles game from a suite."
Barlow said the five-game packages went for $15,000 and included 14 tickets; four prime parking spots; a personal attendant; and a food and beverage package highlighted by crab cakes, Boog's barbecue and beer. The 16 different package tracks come with tickets to Red Sox and Yankee games.
The O's introduced their so-called "5-Bagger" last year with great success.
"It was immensely popular," said Neil Aloise, vice president of ticketing and fan services. "We were happy with the results and we're listening to our clients and brainstorming new ideas."
The 10-game packages range from $23,000-$32,000 and include the same amenities as the five-game package, but more favorable suite locations are available for selection. The Orioles will also take clients who pick this package to see games on the road.
"What appeals most is the affordability and cost certainty of the all-inclusive package," Aloise said. "You're getting the tickets, parking and catering all in one package. If the home office in Kansas City wants to see a game, Baltimore is an easy place to fly into."
All suites feature luxurious furnishings and are equipped with wet bars and private restrooms. Sliding glass doors separate the climate-controlled interior from the two-tiered porch adjacent to the suite, while there are high-definition TVs both inside and outside.
The luxury box will provide a temporary sanctuary between innings from the continuous roar of the crowd. Plus, it's an ideal perch to watch a game from different vantage points and savor the defining moments of Orioles baseball.
"Many folks came up to me after last season to say that those games were the most exciting sporting events they have ever seen," Aloise said.
Fans can view the options at orioles.com/suites or call 410-547-6173.
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Issue 180: December 2012