All-Star Game not for all Orioles fans Mini-season pass won't ensure ticket

October 09, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

In a story yesterday in The Sun and The Evening Sun, remarks by Mayor Schmoke about Baltimore playing host to the 1993 All-Star Game were taken out of context. Mr. Schmoke was referring to a three-day Christian series that was held last weekend at Camden Yards, and not the 1993 All-Star Game, when he called the happening "a religious revival and a crusade."

The Sun regrets the error.

Major League Baseball will attempt to accommodate as many Oriole fans as possible who want to attend the 1993 All-Star Game, but some will be shut out of the ticket-buying process.

"We always maximize the number going to local fans of the host club," said Dave Dziedzic, director of special projects for the major leagues.

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"But the Orioles will present a lot of challenge. They have a high season-ticket sale and there is a lot of work to be done by the ticket office."

Orioles 81-game season-ticket holders have no concerns. They will be allowed to purchase an identical number of tickets to the first All-Star Game in Baltimore since 1958.

But with 20,000-plus tickets expected to be sold in that manner ** and baseball's commitments to the national media, participating players and umpires and other major-league teams, fewer than 10,000 figure to be available in random drawings.

Details of those drawings -- for Orioles mini-plan holders and the general public -- will be announced in March. They will be conducted early in the 1993 season.

The ticket situation was addressed yesterday when plans were announced for "All-Star Week at Camden Yards" at a news conference at the park attended by dignitaries, including Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Mayor Kurt Schmoke.

"We'll try to get tickets to as many as we can. But it will be an arbitrary number," said Bob Aylward, Orioles' vice president for business affairs.

Expansion of capacity is a possibility, but the number figures to be in the hundreds. "There are some possibilities in that area," Dziedzic said. "But there is a danger of going too far. You don't want to fool with the ambience of the park."

He added that the Orioles have made it clear that "they have terrific fans and they want them taken care of as much as possible."

But, even if they don't see the 64th midsummer classic itself, almost 50,000 can be accommodated at the All-Star Workout on the eve of the game, a date featuring the annual home-run hitting contest between National and American Leaguers and an old-timers All-Star Game.

And thousands more will be able to participate in the third annual FanFest, baseball's theme park, which will be located in the convention center and Festival Hall, at the ballpark and in the Inner Harbor.

Schmoke called the happening "a religious revival and a crusade." Schaefer said "every building in the area should have bunting or a placard on it. Every street must be decorated." Schaefer remembers attending the first All-Star Game here and said "there were vacant seats. We were the only city in history that didn't sell it out. That's not going to happen this time."

FanFest was inaugurated in 1991 in Toronto and quickly doubled its popularity last summer in San Diego.

Included will be the largest Hall of Fame exhibit outside Cooperstown, N.Y., free autographs from baseball legends, bat and glove-making exhibits, a collectibles show, a simulated major-league clubhouse and dugout, radar pitching booths and video batting cages.

A series of special events will be held during the Orioles' homestand leading up to the game, including a salute to the Orioles teams of the past and a Babe Ruth Birthplace exhibit featuring the first All-Star Game here and Orioles in the game.

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