Fans began signing up Wednesday for free A’s tickets for the 50th anniversary game, and the team expects to accommodate everyone who’s interested in attending.
The game is April 17, exactly 50 years after the A’s played their first game in Oakland.
The A’s plan to take more reservations for freebies than the Coliseum can seat, to account for the expected no-show rate.
“We’re confident that everyone who wants to attend this game will get into the ballpark,” vice president of communications Catherine Aker said.
The average number of tickets per request has been six, though the team will communicate with fans in the coming weeks to confirm the numbers.
The A’s and White Sox will wear throwback uniforms. Lew Krausse, 74, who started the April 17, 1968, game for the A’s, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Parking’s free, too.
“It will be like taking a time machine back 50 years,” team president Dave Kaval said. “It will be a great showcase and, really, gift to the community for the fans who have come for so many years and dedicated so much to this organization to have a free game.”
Fans going to athletics.com for free tickets for the April 17 game are given the opportunity to buy tickets for the opener, and Aker said more than 600 were sold Wednesday.
Individual-game tickets for the regular season will go on sale next Wednesday at 8 a.m.