Resale, exchange of Oriole tickets again before council

June 20, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer

A city councilman's attempt to guarantee a way for people to resell or exchange -- but not scalp -- baseball tickets near Oriole Park at Camden Yards likely will go into extra innings tonight at City Hall.

Despite defeats in committee and on the council floor, Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr., a 1st District Democrat, said he will seek such a guarantee in an amendment to a bill that would otherwise prohibit the resale of tickets, for any price, on rights of way within a 10-block zone around the stadium.

The Orioles had asked for the no-resale zone because they want to discourage ticket sellers from badgering fans outside the stadium, said Councilman Joseph J. DiBlasi, a 6th District Democrat.

But Mr. D'Adamo said the bill goes too far. He wants it to require the Orioles to designate an area of the parking lot where fans could sell unwanted tickets for face value or less, or create an exchange window where people could get refunds or swap for tickets to future games.

"Basically, it makes sense to me," Council President Mary Pat Clarke said yesterday. "Something's come up, you can't go to the game, at least you have a way to get your money back."

Scalping -- selling tickets for more than face value -- is already illegal in Baltimore.

Mr. D'Adamo failed to get a similar amendment through the council's sports committee.

When he offered the amendment on the council floor Thursday, it was defeated on a 8-7 vote with three abstentions.

Mr. DiBlasi said yesterday that the Orioles wrote to the council last week, committing themselves to setting up an outlet where season ticket holders could exchange unwanted tickets.

"I'm satisfied with that," Mr. DiBlasi said. "They're endeavoring to do it, and I take Mr. Angelos [team owner Peter G. Angelos] at his word."

Mr. Angelos has said the new ticket service could begin as soon as July and that it may also accommodate nonseason ticket holders.

But Mr. D'Adamo said the council should require the team to take care of all fans.

"It has no teeth if it's not in the bill that's going to be passed," he said. "Talk is cheap."

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