City police are bracing for scalpers at stadium Final opener on 33rd St. fuels ticket demand.

April 05, 1991|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff

When the Orioles open the 1991 baseball season Monday, police say they'll be out in force, looking to nab ticket scalpers outside Memorial Stadium.

"We'll have people there looking for scalpers," said police spokesman Dennis Hill.

Hill says it's a crime to sell baseball tickets for amounts higher than the listed price. "You can sell them for less, however," he added.

And it's not a crime to buy the high-priced tickets, Hill said.

Demand for Opening Day tickets, fueled by the nostalgia over the final season at Memorial Stadium, has led some to sell the tickets for as much as $45 each for upper reserve seats that normally go for $7.50.

Hill said police have checked two such ticket-selling operations, each of whom advertised in The Evening Sun and The Sun this week.

One of those companies, Ticket Finders Inc., advertises that it accepts major credit cards.

The other ad read: "Yes. Orioles Opening Day. Don't get ripped." The tickets were selling for $30 each.

While scalping tickets in the city is illegal, it's legal in Baltimore County and in Prince George's County, where the ticket-selling operations are based.

"We tried to get them to bring the tickets into the city to us, but they were apparently aware of the law and wouldn't do it," Hill said.

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