New England’s gripes with StubHub were already noted in this space, but now, the Patriots have extended their assault on the ticket reselling biz to the money-spinning efforts of local legend / fashion plate Fred Smerlas (above, left). From the Boston Globe’s Bruce Mohl.
The team is revoking nearly 40 season tickets belonging to former Patriot player Fred Smerlas, who was selling them as part of tailgate packages costing $625 to $750.
Smerlas sells a food and beverage tailgate package at Patriots home games for $250, while a nearly identical plan with parking and a game ticket included costs $625, according to Smerlas’s website, Patriotstailgate.com. In effect, Smerlas charges an extra $375 for a parking space and a game ticket with a face value of $125. Smerlas said the website information is somewhat misleading because prices fluctuate, and tailgate packages are often sold as part of broader sponsorship packages.
The Patriots have revoked tickets occasionally in the past, but Smerlas is no anonymous fan. He grew up in Waltham and attended Boston College, where he was a cocaptain of the football team and later inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame.
Smerlas said WEEI radio personality Glenn Ordway is a “working partner” in the tailgate business. A photo of the sports radio talk show star is featured on All Pro’s homepage alongside one of Smerlas, under the heading “Party With The Big Boys.” The website describes the pair as the “hosts” of the tailgate party.
Guests are greeted with hors d’oeuvres and served drinks and raw oysters. The gourmet meal varies from week to week, but features stations offering everything from roast beef to scallops and shrimp. Customers have the opportunity to get autographs and pictures taken with Smerlas, Ordway, and former Patriots players.