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Published April 20, 1995
The Rangers are granting a "reprieve" to "bonded" ticket holders who missed the deadline to renew. Fans who failed to renew their season-tickets by February 1 face paying a "seat option" of between $500 to $2,500 to regain purchasing rights. But Rangers President Tom Schieffer said they have decided to extend the renewal deadline to May 12, and although ticket holders are not guaranteed to get the same seats, the team will "allow them to purchase similar seats until May 12 without having to pay seat-option charges" (Christopher Ave, FORT WORTH STAR- TELEGRAM, 4/20). In Montreal, the Expos have sold only 18,000 of the 46,000 available tickets for opening day. Expos VP Marketing/ Communications Richard Morency also said that group ticket sales are down. Morency: "Usually we sell about 300,000 tickets a year through group sales. We are at about 110,000 to 115,000 right now, but it is still early." The good news is that Pharmaprix, the Quebec chain of Shoppers Drug Mart, Ltd., has agreed to purchase 2,000 season tickets for 1995 (Robert MacLeod, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/20).