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Reds desperate for fans, offer 15 games for $59

Posted at 11:48 AM, May 25, 2016

CINCINNATI – With home attendance down nearly 8,000 per game - the largest dropoff in the majors - the Reds are desperate to get people in the seats.

The team (15-31) is only getting worse: Nine straight losses. Already 16 games under .500. On a pace to lose a franchise-record 109 games.

The front office, obviously, has no easy task, so the club announced Wednesday that it is selling a summer ticket pass: 15 homes games in June and July for $59.

The good news is it includes three games against the Cubs June 27-29, three against the Cardinals June 7-9, and the Pete Rose No. 14 retirement game against the Padres on June 26.

Of course, there are strings attached:

> Tickets are for all Sunday through Thursday games only. No Friday or Saturday games.

> You can only receive tickets via the MLB.com Ballpark App.

> You won't know where you're sitting until you get a text message a few hours before each game. Your seat will be different for each game - in the upper and lower areas of Great American Ball Park - or you could be in standing room.

> The pass is non-transferable. That might discourage Cubs and Cardinals fans from buying them and trying to sell the other games.

The offer is limited to the first 3,000 purchasers.

SEE which games are included and more details at Reds.com.

This year's attendance at Great American Ball Park is down 214,248 for 26 home games compared to 2015, according to Baseball Reference.com. The average attendance has fallen from 30,042 to 22,107.

With the summer pass offering $4 tickets, the Reds can say they charge less than their Triple-A farm team. Tickets for Louisville Bats home games are $10 to $18. But as long as the Bats have Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed, they can say they have better pitching.

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