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SBD/April 1, 2011/MLB Season Preview
Rangers See Unprecedented Demand For Tickets To Friday's Home Opener
Published April 1, 2011
PLAYOFF PAYOFF: In Ft. Worth, Randy Galloway wrote after a decade of "mostly sagging attendance and interest, the Rangers are by far the hottest ticket in town." The 1.5 million tickets sold is the "highest opening day total in a decade," and new Rangers season-ticket sales have "reached 3,500, more than the last five seasons combined." The team also has "surpassed the 15,000 mark in full season ticket equivalents for the first time since 2001." Galloway: "The powerful and emotional surge for baseball that exploded in October and into November ... has carried over rather well." This is despite Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban admitting that the "current local market is as tough a sell as he's seen for his NBA club that keeps winning its 50 plus games a season." The Rangers also had a "docile, uneventful, uninspiring off-season, followed by a tepid spring training," but fans "didn't prove to be skeptics when it came to the hip pocket" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/31).
QUIET MONEY MEN: In Dallas, Barry Horn notes Rangers co-Chairs Ray Davis and Bob Simpson are the two men who "rescued the Rangers last summer when they led a partnership group that bought the team out of bankruptcy." But during last season's World Series run, the two "never set foot in the front-row owners box next to the home-team dugout at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington." Davis and Simpson "tiptoed out front when they flanked" team President & CEO Nolan Ryan at the news conference to announce that former Managing Partner & CEO Chuck Greenberg was leaving the franchise, and Davis in his opening remarks "pointed out he was attending his first Rangers news conference and probably his last." But Davis said that he and Simpson "are scheduled to be on the field" when the Rangers receive their ALCS rings on Saturday (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/1).
STILL IN HICKS' HANDS: In Dallas, Jeff Mosier reported though former Rangers Owner Tom Hicks "no longer has a stake in the team he lost in a bankruptcy court auction last year," most parking at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is "still in Hicks' hands." Arlington Deputy City Manager Troy Yelverton said that the two sides are "still negotiating lease terms as this season approaches." Yelverton added that "all the contracts with Hicks' companies and the Rangers specify that there must be parking for the baseball games," and that even if contract talks "continue into the season ... fans shouldn't see any difference" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/31).