Ravens winner at box office Despite on-field woes, only tickets for finale remain this season

PSL sales stalled, though

Licensed seats added to single-game pool

October 28, 1998|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

The Ravens, enjoying a new stadium if not a winning record, are close to selling out the season.

Just 3,000 tickets remain for the final game, against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 27, said Roy Sommerhof, Ravens director of ticket operations.

All three of their previous home games this year were played before capacity crowds, and the next four -- against Jacksonville (Sunday), Oakland (Nov. 8), Indianapolis (Nov. 29) and Minnesota (Dec. 13) -- are sold out.

"It's been a great response from the community," said team spokesman Kevin Byrne.

That's well ahead of the team's ticket sales in its first two seasons, played at Memorial Stadium. Even in the first season, some tickets were not sold until nearly game time.

In the second season, some games were blacked out on local television because they failed to sell out despite a reduction in the capacity of Memorial Stadium.

The team is, however, 4,000 short of a sellout of permanent seat licenses. Of the stadium's 69,000 seats, 59,000 of them required a season-ticket buyer first to acquire a license, which sells for a one-time fee of $250 to $3,000.

Byrne had earlier predicted a sellout of the licenses by the end of this year, but acknowledges that is unlikely with the team's 2-5 record.

The team has suspended sales of licenses for this season and is selling them for terms that begin next season. The 4,000 remaining seats have been added to the single-game sale inventory.

Most of the remaining licenses are for seats in the end zones of the stadium.

Pub Date: 10/28/98

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