The Savannah Bananas Ticket Disaster :: There Has To Be A Better Way

The Savannah Bananas Ticket Disaster :: There Has To Be A Better Way

We’ve been Savannah Bananas fans for about 4 years now. I have two boys: one is my little baseball player, and the other is my little baseball fan. Even if I didn’t have a baseball family though, we would probably still love the Savannah Bananas.

If you have no idea what everyone is going bananas over, a quick trip down the YouTube rabbit hole will tell you all you need to know. Pitchers doing choreographed routines. Batters on stilts. Dancing umpires. The Banana Nanas, a senior citizen dance team and the Man-Nanas, a dad-bod cheerleading squad. You’ll see insane plays/circus stunts during the game, which has a kid-friendly time limit of 2 hours. And, to top it off, you’ll see actual talent. A few players have played Major League Baseball, and most have played in the minors. There are even some Cy Young winners in the league. I liken the Savannah Bananas to the Harlem Globetrotters but with baseball instead of basketball. And, if you think what you see of the team and their tricks is cool, watch the documentary Bananaland, and you’ll fall totally in love with this organization. But, if you do, be prepared to have your heart broken because you ain’t going to a game.

I long for the days of camping out for tickets.

Today was the day Louisiana Bananas fans would find out their eligibility in the ticket lottery. Similar to the Taylor Swift ticket fiasco, if you wanted tickets to see the Savannah Bananas play the Party Animals in one of the three games in Baton Rouge this March, you had to register for the lottery. Today, I found out that I, along with everyone else I know, did not get selected to be able to purchase tickets next week. The same thing happened to me with Taylor Swift tickets. I was bummed about that, but got over it pretty quickly. The Savannah Bananas situation hits different for me though. I wanted this for my boys, for our family. There is something about this team and organization that is so wholesome that makes it worse, like my sweet boys and I just deserve to go.

It blows my mind how, in the year 2024, bots or gougers buy up all the tickets and leave virtually none for the rest of us. How have we not figured out a better way?! I would gladly camp out at Major Video or outside the stadium or Sound Warehouse or wherever in order to score tickets without first having to sell a kidney.

Then again, maybe I’m part of the problem.

The thing is, I, like many other parents I know, would do just about anything to bring a smile to my kids’ faces. So, this means that I’m picking up some overtime shifts at work to get my hands on resale Taylor Swift tickets. It also means that, right before Christmas, in an effort to avoid a Taylor Swift situation, I kinda bought Savannah Bananas tickets. Now, face value for Bananas tickets is $35/per ticket, which I absolutely love as it speaks to the organization’s desire to promote affordable family fun. Yet, in early December, I was able to buy 4 general admission tickets totaling $934.68, so that breaks down to approximately $234 per ticket. I paid about 6 times more than face value. No, I wasn’t thrilled about that, but I was thrilled to have tickets. So how did I do it? Well, I bought from StubHub. Essentially, I bought them before they were even on sale from someone who knew they would be able to get tickets once they did go on sale (apparently, those who purchased a large quantity/group got to get tickets early; wish I’d have known that). StubHub has a full, money-back guarantee if something happens and I don’t get my tickets. I won’t lose my money, but I did sort of unwittingly gamble with my kids’ Christmas present.

My sons’ Christmas present. The Savannah Bananas sweetly threw in some extra merch in addition to the baseballs we ordered.

If that sounds confusing to you, it was to me, too. Until today, I truly thought I had tickets. It was only today, as I was scrolling social media, that I realized what I’d actually done. The tickets, if I do have them, will be transferred to me the week of the game. If not, then I will get a full refund, and the seller will be permanently banned from the site. Or, maybe I’ll get fake tickets, arrive to the gate to be turned away, break my kids’ hearts, and then get my money back. If you still don’t understand what I’m saying, what it amounts to is this: the whole digital ticket situation is bullshit, and it’s unfortunate because if you want tickets to something, you basically have to use third-party sites and pay the markup PLUS the fees (don’t even get me started on the fees). To credit the Savannah Bananas, in the email I received today stating that I got waitlisted, they do specifically call out third-party sites, refer to scalpers as “booger pickers,” and state that they actively try to permanently ban those buyers in keeping with their “Fans first” mission. But still. Bummer.

Lastly, if you are a scalper, you are low-down and selfish.

I said what I said. Yes, I understand supply and demand. No, it’s not a like a business. If you purchase tickets or a hot Christmas toy or anything at face value solely for the purpose of marking it up to turn a profit, you are not clever. You are not doing anyone any favors. You are selfish. There is no way around that. You are taking from children and families who maybe can’t afford to pay an exorbitant mark up. I am fortunate that I can pick up a few extra shifts and swing it, but I recognize that privilege. I don’t like being part of the problem, but I want to make memories with my family and experience concerts and games and shows together. So, what is my other option?

Alyson Haggerty
Alyson lives in Metairie with her husband, Patrick, their two boys, and their Morkie, Beignet. After teaching for almost ten years, she left a career in education, earned her BSN, and now works as a pediatric emergency nurse. In her free time, Alyson enjoys flipping furniture, writing, dancing, and painting. She is always looking for a racquetball partner and loves streetcar rides and playing board games with her family. A good cook, she is constantly on a quest to answer the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” but has thus far been unsuccessful.

17 COMMENTS

  1. I completely agree with you! My daughter has been watching her email religiously for the day she found out if we could by tickets. We registered 4 different emails and none of them was awarded tickets. Just disappointing for all those who really truly are fans!

  2. Never even heard of them before everyone was crying about not getting tickets today.
    Just like the swifties and the stanleys, you will survive without it.

    • Looks like you missed the point, so here it is: She said that the system of securing tickets to events, in this case a minor league baseball team, needs better regulations to protect the buyer.

      • And you don’t think the crazy hype over Bananas, Taylor Swift, etc. is contributing to this madness? Scalpers know they can make big bucks off of overhyped stuff so that’s why they do it. Should it be allowed? I don’t think so either, but they aren’t the only contributing factor.

    • Well, that’s you. I come from a family of ball players and professional umpires and have followed them since the beginning. I didn’t think I was going do die without tickets; I just would prefer a better system. And FWIW, I hate Stanley cups.

      • Agree. Grew up being able to just go to games last minute with my friends, buying tickets we could easily afford – even if nosebleed sections- on allowance, or later our teenage minimum wage jobs. With something left over for hot dogs and sodas. And the subway.
        My whole family could go to games too. All summer, prob ten games.
        So sad.

  3. If you want first dibs at tickets, you have to sign-up to join the Savannah Bananas KClub. Members could get tickets for face value to all home/away games in early October. The lottery was not the first opportunity to buy tickets.

  4. I agree with all comments. Funny Jessie always says fans first. Guess he means profits first. He should add. We make baseball fun but expensive

    • What? Jessie is only making $35 off a ticket. The scalpers are making hundreds of dollars. Jessie sees NONE of that.

  5. There are Facebook groups for k club members that you can join (even if you aren’t a member) and purchase tickets. First year for us and we got some for our family to salt lake. We aren’t members. It’s in the rules you have to sell them for face value so no scalping. Hope this helps. Pay only through good and services so you are covered

  6. Craig’s comment is just a lie and stupid. The Bananas are not the ones making the tickets expensive, its the demand and the third party websites. That is what needs to be controlled. Ticket scalping made legal by these third part websites is all it is. I have plenty of tickets and have not paid 1 penny over face value, but I am in the K-club. Though if a K-club member is caught scalping their tickets, their tickets are removed and they are kicked out of the club. $35 for all non-MLB stadiums, and that includes food is not expensive. MLB stadiums also dictated the price, as well as the food costs.

    On a side note, the seller can ABSOLUTELY transfer the digital tickets to you NOW, and they will sit in your free Bananas account until they release them. In the K-club we are transferring tickets to each other constantly. There is no reason why you should not have the digital ticket in your bananas account now. This should be a Stub Hub (and other 3rd part ticket sales sites) requirement as well.

  7. Sacramento area dad here, stumbled upon your article after googling in frustration. We got an email this morning that said we won the ticket lottery and have to opportunity to purchase tickets, only to log in and find them sold out. Their system is not good. Why would you even do a lottery if you’re going to oversell the tickets? It’s frustrating, my
    Kids were really looking forward to it as well. Last year we didn’t even get the opportunity to purchase them. They need to change some things.

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