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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Nationals sell 50,000 tickets in six hours

The Washington Nationals sold over 50,000 tickets during the first six hours of individual game ticket sales; with the predominance of transactions handled online (87%), followed by phone sales (8%), and Ticketmaster outlets and RFK Stadium Box Office sales at 5%. The top five selling games were contests on Saturday, May 14 (vs. Chicago-NL), Sunday, May 15 (vs. Chicago-NL), Sunday, April 3 (Exhibition game vs New York (NL) with net proceeds slated for the Washington Nationals Foundation), Saturday, April 30 (vs. Philadelphia), and Friday, May 13 (vs. Chicago-NL).

Single game tickets were available for the Nationals' first game at RFK Stadium vs. the NY Mets benefiting Washington, D.C. area charities on April 3, and all regular season games, excluding Opening Night, Thursday, April 14. Sales began at noon and fans were able to purchase tickets at the RFK Stadium Box Office, by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, calling Ticketmaster at 202-397-SEAT (7328), or logging onto www.nationals.com.

Prior to the Box Office opening at noon, several raffle prizes were given away to those waiting in line to purchase tickets. Rob Larsen of Washington, DC was the first raffle drawing winner, as he took home two (2) tickets to Opening Night on April 14, when the Nationals host the Arizona Diamondbacks at RFK Stadium.

In addition to the publicized drawings, the Washington Nationals rewarded the first fan in line with four (4) tickets to Opening Night. Marvin Jones, a native of Washington, D.C., lined up at the Box Office ticket windows at 7:15 am on Saturday morning. Jones was shocked to learn that he was going to receive tickets to the much coveted game on April 14. "Baseball is finally back in Washington, D.C. - where it belongs," commented Jones, who grew up just blocks from RFK Stadium in Northeast.

Other items that were given away included a Nationals authentic home jersey, an authentic Spring Training jersey, a Nationals t-shirt and Nationals cap. Fans waiting in line were treated to donated food items, including Dominic's hot dogs, Krispy Kreme donuts, and Sierra Mist soda, along with music onsite provided by 93.9 WKYS-FM Radio.

Tickets for the Nationals Home Opener on April 14 will go on sale Saturday, March 26 at noon. Nationals fans will be able to purchase up to four (4) tickets each per transaction for Opening Night. The Nationals group sales program will not be in effect for Opening Night. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 202-397-SEAT (7328), visiting the RFK Stadium Box Office or any Ticketmaster Outlet, or logging onto www.nationals.com.

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