- The Washington Times - Friday, January 21, 2005

The Washington Nationals have sold out seats in their two highest-priced categories to full-season ticket purchasers, club officials said yesterday.

The team, along with the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, yesterday finished drawing up a specific seating chart for RFK Stadium and sent out invoices to fans who have combined to order more than 17,000 season tickets.

Payment on those full-season tickets will be due Feb.4, about when the Nationals expect to begin sales of 40- and 20-game ticket plans. Single-game tickets will become available in early March.

“This has obviously been a very hot ticket, and the highest-price stuff right near home plate has been the most popular,” said Kevin Uhlich, Nationals chief operating officer. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to give everybody their first choices in the diamond boxes [$90 a game] or infield boxes [$40] and had to give some people their second choice. But we have a seating chart, and it’s moving forward.”

The establishment of the seating diagram and distribution of ticket invoices by team and sports commission officials was delayed because the Nationals needed to determine manually what seats are actually available in RFK Stadium. The ongoing renovation to the 44-year-old facility has prompted the relocation or elimination of many rows of seating.

Also delaying the process was Thursday’s Inauguration, which used the same division of Ticketmaster as the Nationals and overwhelmed the ticketing system.

The new seating chart also clarified that the Nationals will have their dugout on the third-base side at RFK.

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