Sunday, October 06, 2002

Indians hike ticket prices for big games

The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND - Baseball fans will have to pay $5 more to see opening day, the New York Yankees and the Battle of Ohio at Jacobs Field next season.

        Expecting a dip in home attendance as they rebuild, the Cleveland Indians announced their 2003 schedule Saturday as well as a new, variable ticket-pricing plan.

        The club has designated opening day on April7 against the Chicago White Sox and matchups against the Los Angeles Dodgers (June13-15), the Cincinnati Reds (June27-29) and Yankees (July8-10) as “showcase games.” On those dates, ticket prices will be $5 above the price of a regular-season game.

        Indians spokesman Bob DiBiasio said the club isn't the first major-league team to use variable pricing. The Colorado Rockies and St.Louis Cardinals have used the system, and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins recently announced they would have more expensive tickets for certain dates, DiBiasio said.

        “It's our response to continuing to find ways to increase revenues without having to solely rely on our season-ticket holders to serve that role,” DiBiasio said.

        Season-ticket holders will not be affected by the increase.

        The Indians will open the season March31 at Baltimore.

        DODGERS: Los Angeles first baseman Eric Karros underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday to remove scar tissue from his left shoulder and should be ready for the start of spring training.

        Karros, who had career lows of 13 homers and a .271 batting average this season, will begin rehabilitation in about a week.

        The year-old injury was less serious than first believed. An MRI a year ago showed a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, but Dodgers team surgeon Dr.Frank Jobe said there was no need to do ligament reconstruction.


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