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OKC Dodgers offering free tickets following opening-night concession lines

Clayton Kershaw starting opening day in Oklahoma City brought more than 12,000 fans to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday.

And long lines throughout the ballpark.

Lines for some concession stands stretched for nearly an hour, according to some people. It was a combination of Kershaw’s appearance drawing more fans earlier to the ballpark and $2 Thursday.

The Dodgers noticed and proactively offered fans who purchased tickets Thursday free tickets to one of three April games in an email Friday afternoon.

“Last night’s experience didn’t meet our expectations,” OKC Dodgers president and general manager Michael Byrnes told The Oklahoman. “We want them to come back out and have the experience that we would like them to have at the park.”

Fans can choose an equal number of tickets purchased Thursday for either Saturday’s game against San Antonio or between April 19 and 20 against Iowa.  

Byrnes said this was not in response to complaints from fans.

“This is a response to our expectations of how it should have operated,” Byrnes said. “Most importantly, we didn’t have the game that we want to have. This is a smart way just to make sure we’re letting our fans know they’re important.”

Related Photos
Fans cheer for a man who caught a bat in the bottom of the first inning during a minor league baseball game between the San Antonio Missions and the Oklahoma City Dodgers at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 4, 2019. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Fans cheer for a man who caught a bat in the bottom of the first inning during a minor league baseball game between the San Antonio Missions and the Oklahoma City Dodgers at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 4, 2019. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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