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Dodgers Fans Turning to Secondary Market to Get Past Padres ‘LA Ban’

In an effort to prove they’re not just the Dodgers’ little brothers, the Padres have pulled the most little-brother crap ever, announcing last week that only fans from Padres Territory will be allowed to buy tickets to any NLDS games played at Petco Park. The goal is to keep Dodger fans from overrunning the stadium like they generally do when the two teams play in San Diego.

Only fans in San Diego County, the southern parts of Orange and Riverside Counties, and other Padres-safe counties were allowed to purchase tickets, with the Padres saying anyone else buying tickets would have their sales canceled and refunded. (We’ll just go along with their delusion and pretend there aren’t more Dodger fans than Padre fans in Lake Elsinore and Escondido and San Clemente.)

As J.P. Hoornstra reports in the Orange County Register, the ridiculously insecure ban on L.A. baseball fans has helped inflate the secondary market for tickets, where the Padres have no control over who buys the tickets.

According to online ticket retailer Vivid Seats, tickets to Game 3 in San Diego are averaging $308 per seat, making it the second-most expensive ticket to any game in any ballpark during the division series round.

The increased demand comes amid a policy in which the Padres restricted ticket sales through their website to residents of only certain cities and counties. Orange County residents not living in San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Beach were excluded. So were Riverside County residents outside of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Hemet and Perris. All Los Angeles County residents were included in the ban.

You’d think a team as exciting as the Padres would be looking to expand their fanbase. Imagine being a Padres fan in Santa Barbara and planning a trip to San Diego to watch your favorite team take on their daddies, only to have your ticket purchase canceled because you don’t pass their purity test.

Anyway, the policy is going to backfire. Dodger fans — between those living within what the Padres incorrectly thought was the safe zone and those buying on the secondary markets — will flood Dodger Stadium South on Friday night, like they always do when the Dodgers are there.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

One Comment

  1. Actually the Padres ownership can be sued for pulling this act out.Visiting fans are always welcome at any sport venue. Get real.Lets hit them in the wallet for this and see how well they put a team together.

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