1,300 students get free tickets to see Orioles play Cuban team

Angelos makes offer for May 3 game

April 24, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

About 1,300 Baltimore high school students signed up yesterday to watch an exhibition game between the Orioles and a Cuban all-star team at Camden Yards May 3 after Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos offered tickets to schools.

One hundred tickets were made available to each of the city's 20 high schools. School officials decided that members of athletic teams would be given the first chance to sign up for the tickets, then students with good attendance.

Bernard Barnes, principal of Lake Clifton High School, said he quickly had a list of 100 students, including athletes, class officers and those with good attendance.

He said students reacted with "excitement, disbelief that they would have a chance to go to Oriole Park" because tickets, which sell for $9 to $30, are hard for students to afford.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is helping underwrite the cost of the trip by supplying two 60-passenger buses to each high school to carry the students to and from the game.

The students will be chaperoned by staff members and parents from the schools, who will also be given free tickets, schools spokeswoman Vanessa Pyatt said.

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