What could be more Brooklyn than Baseball?Baseball is such a Brooklyn institution. Sure, the Dodgers are ancient history. Still, everybody loves a good game, and the petite MCU stadium down in Coney Island, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the boardwalk, with seaside breezes and views of the amusement park rides, is one of the things that makes Brooklyn life worth living in the summer.
Some people go to every single Cyclones game. For others, once a season is enough. But if you're a Brooklynite, or visiting the borough, don't miss a trip to Coney Island for a baseball game.
For those who don't already know, the Brooklyn Cyclones, a single A affiliate of the New York Mets, are based in Coney Island at MCU Stadium, formerly known as Keyspan Stadium.
Always dreamed of playing baseball? Kids can run the bases after the games on a few days of the week, and so can 90-year-olds.
Plus, there's not only the usual stadium food, but kosher hotdogs, too. The whole thing is good fun.
Full disclosure: The experience of a Cyclones baseball isn't the same as watching the Mets or Yankees. The games are sometimes good, sometimes not. But the crowd is great. It's a small stadium; you can just about touch the grass. And the vibe's very local, very friendly, and very passionate. There's more schtick than you can shake a stick at. Laugh with the mascot. Grab for the giveaways. Join in the cheering.
Get the sense by watching one of these Cyclones promotional videos.
Tickets to a Cyclones GameBaseball, even the Brooklyn Cyclones, isn't cheap.
Decide early in the season, say, in March, if you want to spring for season tickets or one of the various packages offered. Of course, first come first-served, and there are a lot of regular season ticket holders who just renew year after year.
Check the schedule to see when the Cyclones play at home. (While we love the Staten Island Yankees and Connecticut Tigers, it's so much easier to get to MCU Stadium in Coney Island just by hopping on the subway.)
The multi-game tickets are sold first. They go on sale in the late winter/early spring. They're "loaded," meaning that every ticket comes with a coupon worth about $6 that can be applied to food, drink, souvenirs and other items sold at the stadium.
Single game tickets go on sale in April. The actual availability of seats for given dates isn't announced until the sales for season tickets are well underway.
Season Ticket HoldersThe season price is $532 for a field box seat for all 38 home games. Tickets purchased from January 21, 2012 cost $14 a game, a saving of over $100 per seat as compared to game day prices.
Every season ticket holder will receive 12 undated vouchers with a $6 credit towards food, beverage or merchandise at MCU Park.
If you love freebies, then you'll love the fact that whenever freebies are given away, you'll get them first, at the at the season ticket holder entrance until 15 minutes after the scheduled first pitch. And, you also get a receive a complimentary ticket to Cyclones Night at Citi Field in Queens.
Season ticket holders get the same seats for every game, and also have a chance to buy Mets tickets for special events like Opening Day and the Subway Series.
Finally, for those who drive, the season tickets also buy you free parking on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
If you miss a game, you can redeem unused tickets stubs for a future 2012 home game (exclusions apply based on 2012 schedule.)
Mini PlanIf you don't want to spend your entire summer going to Cyclones games then opt for one of the half dozen "mini plans." These offer fixed dates, and tickets cost $80 each.
The Mini Plan (6-game packs that include FREE FOOD and a FREE CAP), or Group Tickets (with ticket prices starting as low as $4 and a FREE GIFT for everyone in your group).
Kosher PlanThere's also a 5 game Kosher Plan which "comes with all the perks associated with our VIP-Partial Season packages but with the additional advantage of a food voucher which can be redeemed for at our Kosher Food Cart," according to the stadium management.
Other Special PackagesCheck the MCU website for a variety of other packages, including a custom package (11 games, you choose which ones), a "flex plan" which enables fans to get the date they want, but in different seats from game to game, and so on. If you have an idea for a package you'd like to see next year, you can request it. Call the Cyclones Ticket Office at 718-37-BKLYN for more information.
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