Postcard could be your ticket to the game

ALL-STAR LOTTERY

April 11, 1993|By Mark Hyman | Mark Hyman,Staff Writer

Want to buy a ticket to July's All-Star Game at Camden Yards?

As a first step, try buying a few dozen postcards.

Ending months of anticipation about the All-Star ticket plan, the Orioles announced yesterday that they will distribute as many as 10,000 of the coveted seats to fans whose names are chosen in two lotteries.

Fans who aren't season-ticket holders and want to enter the drawings should send postcards to: All-Star Game, P.O. Box 29900, Baltimore, Md. 21230. There is no limit to the number of entries, which should include names, addresses and day and evening telephone numbers. Entries should be postmarked by May 1. Only one entry per household will be selected.

The Orioles will conduct a second drawing, limited to fans with 13- and 29-game ticket plans. Those fans are entered automatically and should not send postcards, team officials said.

Drawings will be held in May with the winners to be notified by June 1, the team said. The lucky few will be able to buy as many as two tickets, which will range from $60 (for box seats) to $45 (for reserved seats). A limited number of $10 standing-room tickets also will be sold for the game.

Of the 10,000 lottery tickets, from 6,500 to 7,500 will go to the drawing restricted to partial-plan holders, Orioles spokesman Rick Vaughn said.

Yesterday's announcement fills out ticket distribution plans for the All-Star Game, which is scheduled for July 13. Earlier, the Orioles told their 81-game customers they'd be eligible to buy as many seats for the All-Star Game as they control during the regular season. Major League Baseball, which runs the game, also is expected to take a significant chunk of tickets to distribute among team officials, players, corporate sponsors and media.

The Orioles also have announced ticket policies for the All-Star Workout, a star-studded event to be staged at Camden Yards on July 12. The workout begins at noon and culminates with a home-run hitting contest and old-timers game.

Season-ticket customers without All-Star tickets will be given priority in buying seats for Monday's workout, the Orioles said. General sale of the workout seats, which will cost $12, $10, $6 and $3, will begin June 19.

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