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More than 100 charter season-ticket holders, including Bothe, attended an event on Feb. 17 hosted by the Saints to choose their seats for the 2015 season, where the team first unveiled a seating chart and disclosed ticket prices for the 7,000-seat ballpark, which will begin construction this spring. Midway Stadium has 5,800 seats.
‘A real shock’
Sharrer said that about two-thirds of the 80 to 90 charter season-ticket holders so far have secured seats in the new ballpark. He noted that prices for charter ticket holders haven’t been raised for more than 10 years.
The price structure “was very well-received by the lion’s share of those in attendance,” he said. “Certainly there were a few who were very unhappy.”
One of them was Peter Boehm of Falcon Heights, who like Bothe has had four seats behind home plate since the team’s first season. Boehm vigorously opposed the team’s move from Midway.
“For years they’ve been saying that when we move to a new ballpark, we’ll stay the same family fun we’ve always been and our prices are not going to go up,” said Boehm, a retired typesetter.
Boehm favored a new stadium at the Midway site, which he said offers room for tailgating while avoiding downtown traffic problems. Nevertheless, he put down a refundable $200 deposit on home plate tickets.
Bothe opted for four seats just behind the third-base dugout, which he got for his discounted charter rate of $445 per ticket — the price he was paying for home plate seats.
Sharrer said it would be impossible for the Saints to replicate its Midway experience at the new ballpark, even if it wanted to do so.
“Quite frankly, it will be a lot better,” he said. “The heart and soul will be the same, the experience will be better and the price will be comparable.”
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