Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Baseball teams required to sell more tickets for Royals game

February 9, 2005

Thinking spring isn't on many sports fans' minds right now.

With the Super Bowl last Sunday and the NCAA Tournament on the horizon, baseball -- right now -- isn't on some fans' radars.

Basehor-Linwood baseball coach David Svboda hopes that changes soon.

Baseball players from Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie are selling tickets for the April 19 Kansas City-Cleveland afternoon game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Later that day, the Kaw Valley League teams will play one of their regular-season games at the stadium.

To play at the same stadium where George Brett once hit home runs, the schools are responsible for selling tickets -- 1,000 each -- to that day's game for $10 each. Each school receives $2 for each ticket sold.

The past two seasons, Basehor-Linwood has played against Bonner Springs at the stadium. For those games, each school was responsible for 750 tickets, but the requirement been bumped up 250 for each school.

"I'm not sure how that's going to impact everything," Svboda said.

Ticket sales are due back to the Royals April 5.

The last two years, Basehor-Linwood met its quota of 750, and even went over the limit, selling roughly 900 one year, Basehor-Linwood athletics director Joe Keeler said.

So far this year, Basehor-Linwood has sold about 200 tickets, Svboda said Monday afternoon.

He hopes as spring gets closer and the sports world's focus shifts more toward baseball, people will start buying more tickets to the Royals game.

"Last week's weather perked some people up, but this week we're back in the deep freeze," Svboda said.

With spring break around the corner in March and Royals spring training starting soon, Svboda expects ticket sales to increase.

The BLHS coach hopes to sell tickets at the substate basketball tournament, which will be Feb. 28 through March 5 in Basehor.

Svboda also plans to have what he calls blitz days in which players wear their uniform tops and caps and go door-to-door to businesses throughout the community selling tickets.

In Tonganoxie, THS athletics director Brandon Parker is unsure how many tickets the Chieftain baseball team has sold. Players have most of the school's tickets. They were supposed to return remaining tickets and their money to Parker on Tuesday afternoon, but with inclement weather approaching Tuesday, Parker thought that would be delayed.

If Tonganoxie players do not sell their required 1,000 tickets, the school will pay for the remaining tickets.

"Technically that won't happen that we won't play, but we'll owe money," Parker said.

Tickets were sold at a few basketball games earlier in the season, but Parker still is working on other ways to promote ticket sales. He's hopeful area businesses also will purchase tickets to the Royals game.

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