FAIRFIELD — No one understands the price of success better than Rick and Keitha Bryan.
The husband and wife, both longtime teachers in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, have been season ticket holders with the San Francisco Giants since 2007.
As the Giants have improved, to the point of winning World Series championships in 2010 and 2012, the Bryans have seen their ticket prices more than double, from roughly $8 per ticket (approximately a combined $1,300) to $18 to $20 per ticket (approximately $3,000).
But they’re not complaining and certainly aren’t about to stop going.
“We just like going to the games and being out there at the park, being with friends who are other season ticket holders,” said Keitha Bryan, 52.
The longer they’ve had season tickets, the better the seats they’ve gotten. They’re currently in the View Box section along the lip of the upper deck on the first base side after starting out in the View Reserved section, roughly eight to 10 rows back.
“I like where our seats are right now,” said Rick Bryan, 53. “They’re up in the third deck on the first base line. We have nobody that can stand in our way in front of us and nobody behind us either. Plus I like our view. The plates for the bullpen are directly below us.”
Rick Bryan has been with the school district 29 years and teaches math at Rodriguez High School. Keitha Bryan has 25 years with the district and teaches first grade at Rolling Hills Elementary School.
Because of their employment, the Vacaville residents can’t make it to afternoon games during the school year. Then there are vacations, such as the one the couple took this summer for a month in Nipomo.
“We go to about half (the games), so between 40 to 50,” Keitha Bryan said.
What about the rest?
“We sell them through StubHub, friend contacts or whatever,” Keitha Bryan said.
The Bryans were able to cash in on the Giants’ success by selling their tickets to Game 2 of 2010 and 2012 World Series, helping them pay for the next year’s season tickets.
“We sold one set that (first) year and we sold one set this last time,” Keitha Bryan said. “The first time we sold them for $600 apiece, the second for $500 apiece.”
But they weren’t about to miss the openers.
“The first World Series game that I had ever been to in 2010, that first home game, was super exciting,” Rick Bryan said.
Indeed, Keitha Bryan counts seeing the Giants in the World Series as her biggest thrill, especially since she nearly missed the 2010 Fall Classic because of an operation.
“I had surgery two days before the playoffs began in 2010,” Keitha Bryan said. “So I was in a wheelchair most of the time, but my doctor got me there.”
The Bryans don’t know how much longer they’ll keep going to Giants games, but they have no plans to stop anytime soon.
“Our plan is to keep them . . . at least until we retire,” Rick Bryan said.
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