If Royals fans still have tickets from last Friday nights rained-out game against Cleveland, the tickets will be honored beyond this weeks homestand, according to the club.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
The rainout was made up on Sunday night as part of the first day-night doubleheader in franchise history, and the policies regarding the use of Fridays tickets confused some fans, especially if they couldnt make it to the re-scheduled game.
The Royals originally said those who had tickets for Fridays game had to use them on Sunday. Then, they expanded the exchange window for the current homestand, which ends this Sunday. And on Monday, after hearing from some fans who were unable to attend either the Sunday night game or any of the games this week, Mike Bucek, vice president-marketing and business development, said those ticket holders can make arrangements for any future game.
The split doubleheader is a unique circumstance, Bucek said. Its new for Kansas City and we will be more flexible for people who came in from out of town (for Fridays game) and people who had extenuating circumstances can contact us, and well try to take care of as many as we can.
Day-night doubleheaders are not unique to big-market clubs or franchises like Boston, which sell out nearly every game in small stadiums. But because of the advent of club and premium seating, more teams, as the Royals did last weekend, have been choosing the day-night doubleheader format rather than tack the rained-out game to a regularly scheduled game as part of a traditional two-games-for-one twinbill.
In our case, you have the Crown Club, which is nearly sold out, said Bucek. If you own six tickets in the Crown Club and you want six tickets for a particular (make-up) game, I probably cant get you six tickets. There might be some singles here or there, but theres not six together.
When you take the Crown Club and the Diamond Club, and some of the suites and you add that up, its become a little more difficult just to issue rainchecks for another game, so more teams have done split doubleheaders. There have been six of these played already this year, and two more have been scheduled and two more are request-pending, so its become more prominent.
The Royals wont play another day-night doubleheader at home this season. Teams are permitted to play just three day-night doubleheaders total home and road, in a season, and the Royals already played one at Boston. The Detroit Tigers have requested to play a day-nighter to make up for the game rained out against the Royals on April 23.
So if any other Royals games are rained out this season, they will most likely be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader, and their raincheck will be honored at any future game.
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