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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Rangers hold lottery for Opening Day seats

By Richard Durrett

The Rangers announced the club's individual ticket pricing and the procedures for purchasing any remaining tickets for Opening Day.

Because the club has sold so many Opening Day tickets are part of various package, there is a limited inventory. The team is holding an online lottery system for fans interested in attending the Opening Day game at 3:05 p.m. against Boston on Friday, April 1.

Fans can go to the club's website and fill out this form for a chance to purchase up to four tickets to the game. The window for that lottery opens today and ends Feb. 21. The random drawing for the chance to buy tickets happens Feb. 22 and fans are all notified by Feb. 23.

"Tickets to Opening Day this year may be the most sought after ticket in franchise history," CEO Chuck Greenberg said Wednesday. "There will be very few that are available. We wanted to construct a system that is as fair to all of our fans as possible. We didn’t want to penalize fans that are working and can't spend the morning on the phone or at night camping out and leaving their families behind. We wanted to give everybody the same opportunity and so to create a lottery was easily the most fair approach."

The tickets involved in the lottery will be spread out throughout the stadium once the staff figures out how many various ticket packages have been purchased. But they are making sure that fans in the lottery get a chance at tickets in a wide range of areas and prices.

Fans can still purchase 10-game packs, which include a free ticket to Opening Day.