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$10 Red Sox military tickets UPDATE

One of our most popular blog posts over the past six years is “$10 Red Sox Tickets: A offer even a Yankee fan will love.” In fact, we get many emails every baseball season asking: Is this offer still valid? The answer is YES!

My husband and I attended two games at Fenway Park this past week, and SRO tickets for active duty military (ID mandatory) were available at both. (Read our original post here.) These are a few new tips from our trip: 

Tuesday, July 26th, 7:10 p.m. game, Red Sox v. Detroit Tigers: We arrived two hours before the game to stand in the military/Will Call line at Gate B. There were about 40 people in line, and many of those people were civilians picking up pre-purchased tickets. We got two SRO tickets, below

A few things have changed since our initial post in 2010. 

  1. The window at Gate B opens 90 minutes before game time, not 2 hours before game time.
  2. There are no longer signs taped to the box office windows giving details of the military SRO tickets. You also won’t find any information about this offer on the official Red Sox website. Don’t let that stop you. The offer is real.  
  3. Be sure to get in the correct line. When we were at Fenway this week, there was a huge line of people who already had tickets waiting to get into the park through Gate B. You don’t want to be in that line. You want to be in the (usually shorter) line against the brick wall for the Gate B ticket window

 Red Sox military SRO tickets from July 2016.

Wednesday, July 26th, 1:35 p.m. game, Red Sox v. Detroit Tigers: We’d been out and about in Boston and didn’t decide to go to the game until the fourth inning. We walked up to Gate B behind another military couple, who also were buying $10 SRO tickets. There were still SRO military tickets left. Score!

My husband gave the attendant his military ID and a credit card, and she gave him back two tickets. We walked into Fenway, only to discover that the clerk had upgraded us. Instead of giving us SRO tickets, she gave us two seats in the Left Field Pavilion. Plus, she hadn’t charged our card. Awesome! This is the second time over the years that has happened to us. Here’s the deal: Every so often, ticket holders who aren’t using their seats will leave their tickets to be given — for free — to military members. You can’t ask for these tickets. It appears that it’s up to the clerks to decide who to surprise with the tickets. So be nice to whoever waits on you at Gate B! 


$10 Red Sox Tickets: An offer even a Yankee fan will love

Call up your best buddy who’s heading off to boot camp, or your son who’s back from Iraq, and tell him you’d love to spend some quality time together this summer at historic Fenway Park in Boston. Juice up the deal by offering to pay for a pair of Red Sox tickets. Just be sure your soldier/sailor/airman/marine brings an active duty military ID so the two of you can score discounted tickets for $10 each. (Regular prices can be $50, $75, or much more.) Singing “Sweet Caroline” in the 8th inning — a Red Sox tradition — is that much sweeter when it costs less than three beers to get into the park.

Play ball! The view is great from this $10 SRO section at Fenway Park. Here’s the deal: At every regular season game, the Boston Red Sox set aside SRO (standing room only) tickets for active duty military personnel. The number of tickets varies, but it’s often around 200. Each serviceman or servicewoman can purchase a maximum of two tickets per game — one for them, one for you — at $10 each. It’s just one way the Red Sox say “thank you” to our military.

Here’s what you need to know before you head to the ballpark:

  • Military SRO tickets go on sale two hours before game time. The ticket booth is at Gate B. Each person with an active duty military ID can buy two tickets. (Yes, they check IDs.)

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