Dear Stadium Doctor:
Buying tickets to future games can be difficult and expensive, as telephone lines are often busy and a service charge is added to each ticket. At the ballpark, you must wait in long lines.
Has any thought been given to installing automatic teller-type outlets in the new stadium? They could be credit-card activated, and, if they were placed at the entrance to each section, customers could buy tickets throughout the game.
Gary E. Bair
Thanks for writing with this outstanding idea. It is so novel I decided to steal it from you, passing it off as something I'd come up with recently while performing an emergency tonsillectomy.
I telephoned Bruce Hoffman, explaining my brainstorm and asking whether the Baltimore Orioles or the Maryland Stadium Authority had looked into an automatic ticket dispenser. I suggested a small retainer if the idea were accepted, say half of Glenn Davis' salary.
Hoffman, stadium authority executive director, let me down easy, saying he did not think a computer ticket office was likely. He did say there would be as many as four ticket booths scattered around the ballpark, so buying tickets shouldn't be a