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THE AL EAST'S BURDEN: BOSOX AND ORIOLES RAISE TICKET PRICES
Published January 6, 1998
The Red Sox have raised tickets by $4 in almost every section, according to Larry Whiteside of the BOSTON GLOBE. In creating a second tier of seats in several sections, the Red Sox hope to produce an additional $7.58M in revenue, "just enough to pay the salary" of P Pedro Martinez. The $4 hike will be in effect for field and loge box seats, right field boxes and roof seats, approximately half the grandstand and bleachers. The team says that more than 500,000 seats over the course of the season will be available at the same price as '97 (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/6). DOH! The Red Sox home opener will take place April 10 and will start at 3:05pm ET to accommodate religious observances of Good Friday and Passover. There will be no beer sales at Fenway Park that day (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/6). ORIOLES: The Orioles have raised ticket prices 15% for the '98 season, on top of a 19% increase in '97, according to Jon Morgan of the Baltimore SUN. The increase will net a little more than $7M for the club (Baltimore SUN, 1/1). The average Orioles ticket will cost $18.93 in '98, a 74% leap in six years (Thomas Boswell, WASHINGTON POST, 12/31).