Stadium chief leaving Orioles for front-office job with Ravens Sommerhof to oversee NFL team's ticket sales

April 11, 1996|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Jon Morgan and Peter Schmuck contributed to this article.

Roy Sommerhof, the Orioles' director of stadium operations, has decided to leave the organization to take charge of ticket sales for the NFL Ravens.

"It's a good opportunity for me," Sommerhof said. "I'm just looking forward to the challenge."

Ravens officials said that Sommerhof approached them about an opening.

"He sent us a resume," Ravens owner Art Modell said. "I don't want people to perceive this as us raiding the Orioles."

Said Ravens vice president David Modell: "We're not in the business of poaching employees from any organization."

The Orioles said last night that no replacement had been named.

Sommerhof, 38, joined the Orioles in 1980, when he was hired by former owner Edward Bennett Williams. He has been in charge of Camden Yards since it opened in 1992.

He will not be in charge of the Ravens' stadium. Instead, he will try to make sure people fill it.

Art Modell said Sommerhof will be "more than the ticket manager." But David Modell said that although Sommerhof may lend his expertise about running a stadium, his top priority will be ticket sales.

Sommerhof said he will split time between the two organizations from April 19 to May 1, when he officially leaves the baseball business for football.

"I'm just looking forward to being with the Ravens . . . to being a part of the team," he said.

Pub Date: 4/11/96

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