If you buy them, they will come.
That’s the idea that avid San Francisco Giants fan Karen Campbell has adhered to every year for the past seven years when it comes to her annual bus trip to a Giants game.
This season, Campbell purchased 150 tickets to the July 27 game at AT&T park against the Chicago Cubs, rented three buses and purchased enough tailgate food to feed all the ticket holders.
Campbell said she purchased the tickets in December, four months before the 2013 season even started, knowing that if she bought them, people would come. There are currently six tickets left for her annual bus trip.
“Everybody loves the Giants,” Campbell said. “And it’s a great group of people. I got people from 8-80 and everything in between going, and everybody has a great time.”
To be a part of the trip, each person ponied up $105, and that covers their bus ride to the game, their ticket into the game and the tailgate barbecue.
“This is the best way for people to go down to a ball game,” Campbell said. “They get so excited when they know they don’t have to drive, they don’t have to park, they don’t have to pay the tolls, (and) everything is organized for them.”
The trip starts with all travelers meeting at Margarita’s in Grass Valley at noon.
“A lot of them come (into Margarita’s) and have their first bloody Mary of the day,” Campbell said. “Then we load the buses with all the coolers and chairs, and then we drive down.”
As an added incentive for the 150 fans, only two of whom are Cubs fans, this year’s game falls on Angel Pagan beanie cap day.
Bus trippers all sit together in Section 307, which is up the first-base line on the upper deck.
“The view is great, we have the lower rows, so were not way at the top of it, and everybody is together,” Campbell said.
While the bus trip has grown from its first year, which had only one bus, 150 people is as big as Campbell is letting it get, she said.
“I would never go bigger,” Campbell said. “People go, ‘You could add one more bus,’ and I’m like, ‘No way.’”
There are some tickets left. If interested in joining the bus trip, contact Campbell at 530-274-3839.
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