Tickets for O's going, going ... About 3 million likely to be gone by April 1

February 22, 1996|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Joe Foss, the Orioles' vice chairman for business and finance, said yesterday that it's possible the club could sell all tickets for games at Camden Yards this season.

"Oh, sure, I think we've got a real good chance to do that," Foss said. "With the additions to this team, the expectations . . . I don't know [absolutely] we will, but my expectation is we'll lead the AL in attendance again."

Foss estimated the team has sold approximately 2.6 million of about 3.7 million available tickets, and said he thinks that figure will increase to about 3 million by Opening Day on April 1. All the weekend games during the summer have "basically sold out," Foss said.

"It's got all the makings of another great ticket sales year," he said. "But it would be a misperception we've sold out now, because we're not."

Foss said the Orioles have been lucky with their early schedule, which includes dates against American League East rivals Boston and New York. Ticket sales in April can be hurt by weather and because most children are still in school, but games with the Red Sox and Yankees usually are well-attended.

Foss said it's too early to tell if the team will post a profit this year. When auditors finish their work this spring, Foss said he believes the team will have "just about" broken even for 1995.

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