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Garber Today To Award Expansion
MLS Franchise To Philadelphia
Expansion Team To Play In 18,500-
Seat Soccer Specific Stadium
Knicks In Talks With Kiki
Vandweghe About Running Team
Dodgers Raise Capacity Of Exhibition
Game At L.A. Coliseum To 115,000
FAREWELL TO FLORIDA: The Dodgers throughout Spring Training will honor their fans, legendary players, coaches, managers, execs and local officials as part of a month-long opportunity to say thanks for 60 years at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. During the seventh-inning stretch of each home game, the Dodgers will honor the longtime employees of Dodgertown, including five who have worked there for more than 25 years. A different Dodger legend will be honored during pregame ceremonies each game, beginning with '62 NL MVP Maury Wills, who will be honored prior to today's game against the Braves (Dodgers).
Pirates Season-Ticket Retention
Rate Below Industry Average Of 80%
TIGERS: Tigers VP/Marketing & Ticket Sales Bob Raymond on Tuesday said that the team has "cleared the 26,000 mark in season-ticket sales for this season," through a combination of full and partial season-ticket plans. In Detroit, John Lowe reported the Tigers sold 9,300 full-season tickets in '07, and all but 5% were renewed for '08, while about 5,000 new season-ticket packages have been sold. As a result, the Tigers have "sold 13,854 full-season ticket packages," which totals more than 15,000 after including luxury suites. Additionally, the Tigers plan to add 500-700 seats to Comerica Park, on risers in left field under the scoreboard and on the Pepsi Porch in right field. The team "hopes the new seats will be in place by Opening Day" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/27).
In Philadelphia, Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies for the '08 season will have their "highest payroll in franchise history'' at more than $106.4M. The number is based on salaries of the Phillies' projected Opening Day, 25-man roster. It also includes projected salaries for P Cole Hamels and CF Shane Victorino, both of whom remain unsigned, as well as other salaries the team is responsible for, including White Sox DH Jim Thome. The $106.4M in '07 would have tied the Phillies with the Mariners for seventh highest in MLB, but it is unclear where that number would rank this season (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/28).
WHERE'S THE LOVE? Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis Tuesday wrote on his blog: "I am at the Tampa airport on my way home to DC. I was here on business and am shocked at how much coverage the Lightning gets down here. There are kiosks in the airport to buy Tampa gear, hats and t-shirts; co-promotions with Subway; and signs everywhere. When I left National airport I didn't see any Caps merchandise, but I did see the kiosk selling 'Rudy Giuliani for President' t-shirts. The front page of the Tampa paper today had a blurb on the re-signing of Dan Boyle and there were two stories on the Lightning and their trades and plans. The sportscast last night led with the Lightning as well" (TED.AOL.com, 2/26).
Forsberg Return Helping Avalanche
Sell Tickets To Remaining Games
LIONS SHARE: The Lions notified season-ticket holders by mail that the price of a majority of tickets at Ford Field for the '08 season will increase 18.5%. The increase, the first one since the '05 season, affects 83% of the 64,500 seats at the stadium, and the new average ticket price of $71.85 would have ranked No. 14 in the NFL in '07. Tickets previously costing $40-70 will sell for $40-90, though season-ticket buyers will get a $100 discount at the Ford Field merchandise store and receive admittance to the team's training camp (DETROIT NEWS, 2/28).