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The Portland Trail Blazers are offering ticket packages to three November games on the livingsocial.com website, including the Saturday night home opener vs. defending Western Conference champion San Antonio.
The packages include a discounted ticket, a Trail Blazer scarf and a $10 credit on food and drink. The Living Social site advertised a "41% savings" and $40 savings on the packages in the 100, 200 and 300 levels. As of 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, it said "500+" of the packages had been purchased.
Trail Blazer president Chris McGowan said in late September the team was dedicated to protecting value for season-ticket holders:
"We probably won't sell out every game but I'm OK with that if we're selling things the right way, which is what I talked to you guys about. Making sure we're preserving our season ticket holder value, not doing anything that provides options that are better than the people who are supporting us on a nightly basis. So when you do that, there are chances you'll sell a little fewer tickets, but I'm OK with that because I know the arena is going to be full every night."
Michael Lewellen, the Trail Blazers' vice president, corporate communications and public engagement, said Tuesday night, "This deal doesn't drop below the threshold of season ticket-holder value."
McGowan said Tuesday night that the team will continue to run such promotions (last season there was one with Groupon), but not frequently:
"We have a policy of protecting price for season-ticket holders, who get a standing discount for every game and a 10 percent concessions discount every game," he said. "We will do these promotions on a limited basis. They allow us to reach a different segment of our fan base. Every sports team does things like this -- except the ones that are 100 percent sold out for every game."