'92 Oriole prices: Some pop up, some curve low

August 17, 1991|By Kent Baker

The Baltimore Orioles announced ticket prices for their new ballpark yesterday, with increases of 50 cents to $2 for reserved seating, but general admission prices stayed the same or, in some cases, decreased.

With the new downtown stadium as the backdrop, Orioles President Larry Lucchino said, "We've taken a flexible approach to this. There will still be some bargains. We're pleased about that. We've maintained a lower ticket for those people looking for bargains."

Box seats will make up about 53 percent of the ballpark's 47,000 seats, reserved seats 26 percent. The rest will be general admission, bleacher or club seating. At Memorial Stadium, 31 percent of the 53,371 seats are box seats, and 55 percent are reserved.

The 4,400 club-level seats at the new park will be sold only as season tickets, at $18 a game. The club seats include waiter or waitress service, access to dining areas and deli bars in the club lounge, a concierge and other special services. In addition, purchasers of club-level seating will be charged a $500 membership fee.

General admission prices for children and senior citizens will fall to $1, the lowest in 15 years, and student tickets will fall to $2, the lowest since 1979. Those prices generally are in line with those of other major-league clubs.

"We have held some prices constant, raised some and lowered a few special categories," Mr. Lucchino said. "Where we have raised prices, we have done so in order to help offset escalating player costs and increased operating expenses."

Full-season and mini-season ticket plans go on sale Monday at 9 a.m.and can be purchased only through the Orioles (their phone number is 243-9800), not through their ticket outlets. Tickets for individual games will go on sale late in the fall.

The Orioles will unveil the Camden Yards stadium officially April 6 against the Cleveland Indians at 2:05 p.m. But the public might get a chance to watch a game there a day or two before.

Mr. Lucchino said some thought was being given to an exhibition game at the stadium "in an effort to make sure the [Maryland] Stadium Authority and the Orioles can work out the last-minute glitches." A game against the New York Mets has been discussed.

Mr. Lucchino also said the Orioles would play an unspecified number of weekday afternoon games next season. The probable starting time is 12:15 p.m.

Mr. Lucchino did not announce the name of the stadium yesterday but said, "We are close. We wanted it [the discussion] to go on for a while, to allow the public and press to present ideas. But we expect it to be named in the next few weeks."

American League ticket prices

All prices are for 1991, except the Orioles', which are for 1992:

Team.. .. .. .. .. . Box seats.. .. .. .. .. ..Reserved.. .. .. ..Unreserved

Baltimore Orioles.. .. $10-$13.. .. . .. .. ... .. ..$8.. .. .. .. .$4-$4.75

Boston Red Sox.. .. .. $12-$16.. .. . .. .. .. .. . $10.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$6

California Angels.. .. .$9-$11.. . .. .. .. .. .. $6-$8 .. .. .. .. .. .. .$4

Chicago White Sox .. ..$13-$16.. .. .. .. .. .. .$8-$11.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$6

Cleveland Indians.. .. $10.50.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. $8.. .. .. .. . $3-$4.50

Detroit Tigers.. .. .. $12.50.. .. .. .. .. .. . $7-$10.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$4

Kansas City Royals.. .. $8-$11.. . .. .. .. .. .. $7-$8.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$4

Milwaukee Brewers.. .. $12-$14.. .. .. .. .. .. .$7-$10.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$4

Minnesota Twins.. .. .. .. $13.. .. ... .. .. .... .$6-$11.. .. .. .. .. ..$3

New York Yankees.. .$12-$12.50.. .. .. .. .$8.50-$10.50.. .. .. .. .. ..$4.50

Oakland Athletics.. .. $11-$16.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$7.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$4

HSeattle Mariners.. .. . $11.50.. .. .. .. .$8.50-$10.50.. .. .. . $2.50- $5.50

Texas Rangers.. .. .. . $12-$13.. .. .. .. .. .. .$6-$9. .. .. .. .. .. $2-$4

Toronto Blue Jays*.. .. $13.50-$17.50.. .. .. .. .. $10.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$4

* Canadian dollars

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