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Sales for Mays event lagging

July 10, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

After an early flurry, ticket sales for Willie Mays' appearance in Hagerstown have tapered off, Hagerstown Suns General Manager Kurt Landes said Friday.

By Friday morning, 175 of the 400 tickets had been sold individually and as part of sponsorship packages, he said.

Mays is scheduled to be at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Antietam Creek on Dual Highway on Aug. 9.

Tickets for a 90-minute welcome reception at 5 p.m. cost $50.

Tickets went on sale on June 28. About 75 percent of the sales were within two or three days, Landes said.

A $500 sponsorship package includes 10 tickets to the reception, an autographed baseball and a listing in a program.

Mays also will hold a private "Meet-n-greet" session for people who pay either $750 or $1,000.

The $1,000 package includes 10 tickets to the reception, a ticket to the "Meet-n-greet," an autographed baseball and a quarter-page ad in a program.

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The $750 package includes two tickets to the reception instead of 10.

Landes said the Suns have sold six $1,000 sponsorship packages and five $500 packages.

About half of the individual ticket sales have been to people in Winchester, Va.; Chambersburg, Pa.; Mount Airy, Md.; Gaithersburg, Md.; and other places outside Washington County, Landes said.

The City of Hagerstown, Fujicolor and Antietam Cable Television are presenting sponsors. Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner has said the city is contributing $5,000.

Landes has declined to say how much the Suns are paying Mays to come to Hagerstown, but the Web site for All American Speakers, which represents him, says his appearance fee ranges from $30,001 to $50,000.

Landes said he is starting to more aggressively market the sponsorship packages by contacting local businesses.

Mays has not agreed to appear at the Suns' game on the evening of Aug. 9, which would give more people a chance to see the Hall of Famer at a lower cost. However, Landes said he is "feverishly" working on negotiations.

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