O's step up to plate to sell playoff, Series tickets

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

Just three weeks ago, even Orioles fans who believe in the Tooth Fairy couldn't have imagined they'd be getting letters from the club explaining procedures for buying World Series tickets.

But that's exactly what's about to happen for 18,000 season-ticket customers. This weekend, the Orioles expect to mail notices to those fans advising how to order seats for postseason play.

Clubs with a realistic shot at winning division titles often contact their fans with a few weeks remaining in the season with information about postseason tickets. This year, the Blue Jays and the White Sox in the American League and the Giants, Braves and Phillies in the National League already have begun printing tickets. The Yankees and Orioles are expected to follow suit in a few days, according to a Major League Baseball official.

Orioles spokesman Rick Vaughn said the only way for the club to distribute tickets in an orderly fashion was to begin contacting customers now. "If we didn't do it now, and we did get in, we'd run out of time. There's lots of preparation involved," Vaughn said.

Fans with the best claims to tickets to the three playoff and four World Series games that could be played at Camden Yards are those who were 81-game plan buyers during the regular season. The Orioles will give them the option to buy a like number of seats for all of the club's postseason games in Baltimore. Tickets for the divisional championship series would be $40 for box seats, $30 for reserved seats; for the World Series, $60 and $45.

Partial-plan holders will have the option to buy tickets for some, -- but not all, postseason games. For 29-game plan holders, the club will offer tickets to one of three championship games and two of four World Series games. Customers with 13-game plans will get a chance to buy tickets for one home game each of the LCS and the World Series.

A yet-to-be-determined number of tickets would be set aside for sale to the general public if the Orioles advance to postseason play, Vaughn said.

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