Archive for Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Tonganoxie, BLHS teams work to sell tickets to Day at the K

February 2, 2005

Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood baseball teams will face off in April -- at Kauffman Stadium following a Kansas City Royals game.

As part of the April 19 promotion of Community Day at the K, Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood school districts are expected to sell 1,000 tickets -- each -- to the afternoon event.

But so far, only a few hundred tickets have been purchased.

Cleveland and Kansas City are slated to play at Kauffman Stadium at 1:10 p.m. in the American League clash. Then, roughly at 5:30 p.m., Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood will square off in the second half of the twinbill.

Each school is required to sell 1,000 tickets to the Royals game at price tag of $10 each. A total of $2 from every ticket sold goes to the schools. Money for the 2,000 tickets will be due April 5.

As of Monday, Basehor-Linwood had sold about 200 tickets, according to BLHS athletics director Joe Keeler.

¢ Who: Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians, Tonganoxie Chieftains vs. Basehor-Linwood Bobcats.

¢ What: Baseball doubleheader

¢ When: April 19

¢ Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

¢ Why: By selling tickets to the Royals game for $10 each, THS and BLHS can play at the K.

¢ How: Both school districts must sell 1,000 tickets each to play at the stadium.

Basehor-Linwood has some experience with selling tickets for a Royals game.

The last two years, BLHS has sold tickets with Bonner Springs High School to a Royals game so the two high schools could play each other at the stadium.

"We've always had success with it and have been in good shape before the deadline as far as meeting the quota and making sure we have tickets sold," Keeler said.

At Tonganoxie, athletics director Brandon Parker was unsure how many tickets have been sold. He should have a better count soon, however.

"In all honesty the kids have all the tickets," Parker said. "They're turning them in next week, so I don't know."

Once THS baseball players turn in money and unsold tickets, the remaining tickets will be sold to the public. Tonganoxie players also have sold tickets at some THS basketball games.

"We'll be looking for businesses and local organizations to help us out and get this going so the kids can play," Parker said.

In Basehor, Keeler said the public has purchased most of the tickets, but some businesses also have purchased some tickets.

Fans will be assigned to specific seating for the Kansas City-Cleveland game, but can sit almost anywhere in the stadium for the Tonganoxie vs. Basehor-Linwood game.

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