O's moving to limit scalping

June 18, 1994|By Mark Hyman

In a move designed to limit ticket-scalping at Camden Yards, the Orioles say they'll soon announce a program allowing fans to sell back their unwanted tickets or trade them for tickets to future games.

Details of the plan still are being worked out, but team owner Peter G. Angelos said he hoped fans would take advantage of the program rather than selling their extra tickets to scalpers or brokers.

"I want tickets that season-ticket holders are not able to use to be returned to the club so we get them in the hands of fans, not those who'll charge more than face value," Angelos said yesterday.

The new ticket service could begin next month, said Angelos, who noted that the program might be open to holders of seats purchased as season tickets as well as for individual games.

Word of the Orioles ticket plan comes as the Baltimore City Council is considering a bill that would establish a 10-block "no reselling" zone around the ballpark. In the zone, resale of Orioles tickets would be banned. The Orioles support the bill.

Ticket scalping -- selling tickets for more than face value -- is illegal in Baltimore, but legal in all other jurisdictions in Maryland. Scalping has been a growing problem for the Orioles since the club moved to Camden Yards, generating much heavier demand

for tickets.

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