Few tickets are are available for Orioles' final 16

September 06, 1992|By Mark Hyman | Mark Hyman,Staff Writer

It figured to happen sooner or later, and last week it finally did: The Orioles' inaugural season at Camden Yards became a virtual sellout.

Scattered single seats remain for most of the final 16 home games. The team also expects to receive ticket returns from groups that have purchased large blocks of seats and cannot use all of them. Otherwise, the cupboard at the team ticket office is bare.

Still, team officials emphasized that fans shouldn't completely abandon hope of seeing the Orioles play this month.

"Options to get tickets have not been exhausted," team spokesman Rick Vaughn said. "People are going to have to be patient."

The Orioles recommend fans check periodically with the box office to see whether any tickets have been returned. If watching the game is critical, but sitting isn't, the team also offers 275 standing-room tickets, which go on sale roughly two hours before the first pitch.

As ticket supplies have dwindled in recent weeks, the Orioles have scaled back their operations drastically. During the season's early months, the ticket office operated as many as 13 windows. Last week, the number was one or two.

This has been the Year of the Sellout for the Orioles, who've racked up 44 consecutive sellouts at the new ballpark and are on pace to finish the season with home attendance of 3.56 million, roughly a million more than their best attended year at Memorial Stadium.

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