O's tickets: Wave them buy, buy Many games tough to get already

April 02, 1993|By Mark Hyman | Mark Hyman,Staff Writer

It's early April. The Orioles' regular season has not yet begun. Yet the news out of the Camden Yards box office has the ring of an announcement that should be coming in late September, if it comes at all.

The club's advance ticket sale is closing in on 3 million.

The Orioles are accustomed to selling seats at a brisk clip. Last year, their first at the downtown ballpark, they shattered franchise records for attendance, finishing with 3.56 million fans and a string of 59 consecutive sellouts.

If early trends hold, this year figures to be even better. Or is it worse?

Selected tickets to many games still are available, said Vince Dunbar, Orioles director of sales.

However, fans who have put off their ticket shopping until now probably have missed the chance to attend the most popular games on the Orioles' schedule. That list would include weekend games in June, July and August, for which ticket availability is "very, very tight," said Dunbar. Other virtual sellouts are most games against the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox.

The deepest ticket inventories are for weeknights in April and May.

Dunbar said preseason ticket sales are running ahead of last year's pace, though team officials are not certain by how much.

And he theorized one reason could be that Orioles fans are listening to Orioles officials, particularly when they are preaching about the importance of planning visits to the ballpark well in advance.

zTC "After [the nightly ticket crunch] last year, I think people realized it was in their best interest to buy early for the best seats and best locations," Dunbar said.

With nearly 3 million of the stadium's season capacity of 3.8 million already sold, savvy fans, including those with advanced math skills, also realize that a number of games probably already are virtual sellouts.

Occasionally, the Orioles also will acknowledge as much. In February, a calendar showing dates on which tickets were gone briefly appeared in a ticket window at the ballpark. The calendar showed 24 dates, many of them Saturdays and Sundays, marked as sellouts.

Orioles officials don't like to talk about sellouts. The calendar disappeared shortly after coming to the attention of team executives.

For his part, Dunbar stressed that no game can be considered a sellout now. He said the only way for fans to be certain of ticket availability is to show up at a ticket office or to order tickets by phone.

"We're very pleased with the rate that tickets are being sold," he said. "But we have good seats."

What's left

Tickets available for Orioles games this month at Camden Yards:

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Tickets

Date.. .. .. ...Opponent.. .. .. .. . remaining

4/5.. .. ... .. .Texas.. .. .. .. .. ..Sold out

4/7.. .. .. .. ..Texas.. .. .. .. .. .. ..6,000

4/16.. .. .. ..California.. .. .. .. .. ..8,000

4/17.. .. .. ..California.. .. .. .. .. ..3,000

4/18.. .. .. ..California.. .. .. .. .. ..3,000

4/20.. .. .. .. .Chicago.. .. .. .. .. ...8,000

4/21.. .. .. .. .Chicago.. .. .. ... .. ..9,000

4/28.. .. .. .. Minnesota.. .. .. .. .. ..9,000

4/29.. .. .. ...Minnesota.. ... .. .. .. .9,000

4/30.. .. .. ..Kansas City.. .. .. .. .. .8,000

O's ticket prices

Club Box.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$25

Lower Box.. .. .. .. .. .. .$15

Left field club.. .. .. .. .$15

Terrace box.. .. .. .. .. ..$14

Upper Box.. .. .. .. .. .. .$12

Left field lower box.. .. ..$12

Left field upper box.. .. ..$11

Upper reserve.. .. .. .. ....$8

Lower reserve.. .. .. .. .. .$8

Left field upper reserve.. ..$6

Bleachers.. .. .. .. .. .. ..$4

Standing room.. .. .. .. .. .$3

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