- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 23, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Washington Nationals yesterday notified 400 winners of a lottery to buy tickets to the team’s April 14 home opener, selecting the lucky ones from a pool of more than 27,000 applicants. The winners will be allowed to buy up to four tickets each.

But the club declined to offer full-season ticket holders the chance to purchase extra seats to the historic contest. Originally intending to make that offer, team executives found there simply were not enough remaining seats at RFK Stadium. The team has more than 6,000 full-season ticket accounts, representing more than 18,000 seats.

The Nationals followed through on a previously advertised offer allowing purchasers of 20-game ticket plans to buy seats to the home opener, a game not included in their packages, and received nearly a 100 percent response rate.

Between 5,000 and 7,000 seats for the home opener will be available when they go on sale Saturday. The final number available depends on how many tickets the lottery winners purchase and how many seats are held by the Nationals and Major League Baseball for dignitaries and VIPs.

— Eric Fisher

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