For the second time this month, Baltimore Orioles fans dialed furiously and clogged phone lines yesterday as they tried to come up with baseball tickets.
But this time, they were buying for next season.
On the first day of sales for the 1992 season, the Orioles' first year in the new downtown ballpark, team officials said they were swamped with calls and took orders for about 150 season tickets.
"We've brought in 10 extra people, and the phones haven't stopped," said Orioles vice president for sales Lou Michaelson.
All of yesterday's ticket orders came from new customers. Their names were placed on lists for upper-box or reserved seats at the new ballpark, which will seat roughly 47,000. To hold their places on the priority list, they have to submit deposits ranging from $25 for a 13-game ticket plan to $300 for a seat in the posh club level, where ticket holders have access to a climate-controlled concourse.