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HOUSTONIANS LAUNCH TICKET DRIVE TO KEEP ASTROS
Published October 25, 1995
The Greater Houston Partnership launched a drive yesterday to sell 12,000 additional Astros season tickets in a bid to keep the team from relocating to Northern VA, but Astros VP Bob McLaren questioned whether that number would be enough. According to this morning's HOUSTON CHRONICLE, McLaren said the team probably needs to sell 14,000 more season tickets annually "in order to dig itself out of its deep financial hole." McLaren also said to anticipate a ticket rate increase for next season, if they stay, and higher premiums on luxury seating. Randall Onstead, the Partnership member who is spearheading the ticket drive, said the Astros could net $12M off 12,000 additional season tickets. McLaren stressed they want to make sure fans don't feel blackmailed. McLaren: "We're afraid this could leave a bad taste in people's mouths. Astros Owner Drayton McLane has scheduled a meeting with Houston Mayor Bob Lanier and Harris County Judge Robert Eckels. The three spoke by phone yesterday (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/25). READY AND WAITING: Virginia Baseball, the group trying to lure the Astros to the Metro DC area, may have a lease at RFK Stadium in DC within a few days, according to District Sports Commission Dir Jim Dalrymple. Dalrymple said there are already plans in place to reconfigure the stadium for baseball. The team, which would be called the Virginia Fury, would play in RFK while a new stadium is built in Northern VA (Thom Loverro, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/25). HOUSTON'S OTHER PRODIGAL TEAM: The Oilers and Astrodome USA, the company owned by McLane that manages the facility, will go to an arbitrator over the financial losses from the preseason game canceled due to the condition of the Astrodome's turf. Astrodome USA President Carl Marsalis: "My personal opinion is that arbitration won't work and the judge will have to settle this." Officials claim losses from the game could top $2.5M (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/25).