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A's release 2009 schedule

OAKLAND -- The A's on Wednesday released their schedule for the next season, and in the same press release they announced that enjoying a regular-season game at McAfee Coliseum in 2009 won't cost you any more than it did in 2008.

In some cases, it'll cost less.

Field Level Outfield ticket pricing will be reduced for individual games from $30 to $26. A part of the Lower Bowl seating will be reduced from $35 to $30. Other sections will remain the same, including Plaza Reserved tickets for all games that are priced at just $9.

"The Athletics have always placed great importance on keeping our product affordable for fans and families," said Jim Leahey, the club's vice president of sales and marketing.

With an emphasis on providing value pricing for families, the A's will expand their $2 Wednesday ticket offer to include an additional 4,000 seats for every regular-season Wednesday game. A new "Friday Family Pack" will include four Plaza Level tickets and four meals for $50, and it'll be available every Friday during the regular season.

In addition, family-value merchandise will be available every game, with an Athletics T-shirt and a baseball cap offered at $10 apiece.

"Given today's economic situation," Leahey said, "we have expanded our efforts to make Major League Baseball accessible to fans of every budget."

The A's will kick off the new campaign with four-game series on the road against the rival Angels from April 6-9, after which they'll head home to host the Mariners on Friday, April 10.

The Seattle series kicks off a six-game homestand that also features a three-game set against the Red Sox (April 13-15).

The A's will play 16 of their first 25 games on the road, but they'll play 15 home games in the months of May and June, and a season-high 16 games in Oakland in August.

In addition to the traditional six contests (three home, three away) against the Giants, Oakland's Interleague schedule includes three games against all other National League West Division teams -- home dates against Arizona and Colorado, and road games against Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Red Sox and Yankees will make only one appearance each in Oakland in 2009, with the Yankees set to visit for a three-game weekday series Aug. 17-19.

The A's will play Seattle on Easter Sunday, April 12; host Toronto on Mother's Day, May 10; and square off against Seattle on Memorial Day, May 25. Oakland will face the Indians in Cleveland on the Fourth of July.

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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