Ravens seat requests: 24,000 and counting Team sells all 7,800 at $75 premier level

June 11, 1996|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's roster of first-day applicants for Ravens tickets will be crowded: Requests for more than a third of Memorial Stadium's 65,000 seats have been received, even though most will not be processed until tomorrow.

So far, the most expensive seats -- 7,800 at the $75 premier level -- have been sold out, and many of the $55 seats have also been sold, chiefly to the people who put down deposits for club seats during Baltimore's 1993 NFL expansion bid. Those fans had first pick of seats for the Ravens' first season.

Under the procedure set up by Baltimore's new NFL team, all other applications received on or before tomorrow will be designated "first day" and will receive seats according to random computer selection. Applications received in subsequent days will be ranked "second day" and so on.

As of Friday, 24,000 seats had been requested through the team's post office box, and the Ravens expect a flurry of applications in the final days. The team announced Sunday a telephone ordering line and special drop boxes to handle the expected demand.

"We're encouraged by that. We anticipate that on Wednesday we should have a big volume of mail," said Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne.

The Ravens will play their first two seasons at Memorial Stadium, the home of the Colts before they moved to Indianapolis in 1984. In 1998 the team will move to a new stadium being built adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Season-ticket buyers at the new stadium will be put back into a new pool for random seat selection, but most will have to pay a one-time fee of $500 to $3,000, called a permanent seat license, before they can buy season tickets.

Memorial Stadium season-ticket buyers will have to put down a $100 deposit on a seat license, but can ask for it to be refunded in the fall when the full price list is made available. Fans getting their license money back can keep their tickets for 1996.

NOTE: The Ravens' uniforms aren't considered fashionable in cyberspace. In a weekend poll on the World Wide Web, ESPNET Sportszone asked for opinions on the uniforms, which were unveiled last Wednesday. There were 8,729 responses, with 63 percent giving thumbs-down and just 37 percent voting in favor of the design.

Pub Date: 6/11/96

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