Tickets on sale today for Flying Squirrels baseball

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - People are lining up today at The Diamond to get their hands on some tickets for the inaugural season of the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team.

They started lining up as early as more than an hour before the first tickets went on sale. Dozens and dozens of people at The Diamond are excited about Richmond's new baseball team.

"Flying Squirrels... Whooo hooo!! Flying squirrels!!" says little Jackson. He is all decked out today, ready to go. And, he's excited mom Robin is snatching up some baseball tickets for the family.

"I think it's wonderful to have baseball back in Richmond. It's going to be great for the community," says Robin Duimstra.

Judging by the line outside the ticket office today, that feeling seems to be growing: The chance for some family time at the ballpark is a hot idea.

So much so, Shelly grabbed the first spot in line, at 7:45 this morning. "I was excited to be the first line. I was thinking, I'm glad I told my boss this is where I was coming," says Shelly Blackstone Galt.

Today, the Flying Squirrels started selling individual tickets at The Diamond, online and by phone for this season's home games.

So far, 35 percent of opening day seats are filled by season ticket holders and big groups. That, plus the overwhelming community energy is keeping management busy.

"None of us here are sleeping right now, but you can't! I left here at midnight last night and was back here at 5 a.m.," says Todd "Parney" Parnell, the Vice President of the team.

That, just a few hours before the young and old braved the cool temps, including, 94-year-old Andrew Tutka, better known as Tut.

"I'm a baseball fanatic!" he exclaims.

"I think it'll be fun! We're still trying to get used to the Flying Squirrels but I think the mascot is cute," says Shelly.

There's no doubt about it, the team has done some nutty things to generate this hype, but with a goal of averaging 6,000 fans per game, the hype is necessary.

If you didn't want to come out here today and stand inline with all these people to get your hands on the tickets, you have 31 days until opening day at The Diamond.

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