More single-game tickets may be in works Unsold PSL seats will go into game-by-game stock

August 18, 1998|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

If you camped out but still didn't get the seats you wanted for Ravens games when they went on sale over the weekend, hold on. More may become available in the fall.

The team started selling single-game tickets for the regular season over the weekend, and moved more than 15,000 of the 48,000 put up for sale for the final seven home games of the season. (The home opener on Sept. 6 against Pittsburgh had been sold out by lottery.)

Those tickets represent the 6,000 per game that Ravens officials have said they will set aside for fans who don't want to buy season tickets and the required permanent seat licenses.

A seat license, ranging in price from $250 to $3,000, is a one-time fee required of most season-ticket holders. It gives the holder the right and obligation to purchase season tickets each year as long as the team plays in Baltimore.

Depending on how sales of the licenses go, the team eventually will put back into game-by-game inventory any unsold seats now reserved for sale with seat licenses.

That should happen by the end of September or maybe early October, after the season has begun, said David Cope, Ravens vice president of marketing.

He said the team is satisfied with the pace of sales. The team has sold about 54,000 licenses, out of 59,000 offered for sale.

"We would have loved to sell out but we're happy with the way sales are going," Cope said.

He said the team expects to sell all its seat licenses by the start of the 1999 season.

Fans buying seat licenses after the season begins won't get a reduction in price for the licenses but will pay a prorated amount for the season tickets to reflect the missed games, he said.

The team last week began revoking licenses from fans who had failed to make final payments, he said. A few hundred buyers still had a balance due -- well after the deadline the team had set.

Some have paid up after being contacted and others have forfeited their deposits and licenses, which are returned to the pool for sale, he said.

Pub Date: 8/18/98

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