Phs Desperate To Sell Tickets

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It’s a great deal.

Spend $25 to get a $35 seat to an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Now, you can get a lower deck seat to any D-Backs home game through June 10, including opening day, through the Payson High School baseball program.

But the Long­horns haven’t found many takers so far.

And they’re running out of time.

The team has sold just 50 of the 250 tickets they need to sell by early April. If they can’t sell all 250, the program faces a big financial burden.

“Our guys have been trying to sell, but have not been getting a very good reception,” said PHS varsity baseball coach Brian Young.

The coach agreed to sell the tickets so the Longhorns can play a regular-season game against Page at 3 p.m. on April 17 at the Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies spring training facility at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. It’s the second consecutive season the team has entered into the agreement and Young said last year’s game against Page at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick was a highlight of a memorable season.

Unfortunately, the team can’t back out of the agreement. They will play at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, but will have to pay a big fee if they can’t sell all 250 tickets.

“We are already committed to play there,” Young said. “But, if we can’t sell our tickets, then we will end up picking up the tab, which is almost $4,000. The way for us to get out of that is to sell our 250 tickets. Our program cannot afford to pick that (cost) up. If we do, we will leave ourselves in very bad financial shape for next season. Our sports are not funded at all from the district and if we have to eat a couple of thousand dollars it will be devastating to our program.”

The team is actually selling vouchers, which people may trade in on game day for tickets through June 10. The $25 vouchers are for seats in the lower sections from first-third base back to the outfield that normally cost between $32-35.

Purchase the vouchers from any PHS baseball player or at the Payson High School Bookstore or by calling the high school office.

The coach is hoping someone or some business will step up to help.

“Maybe there will be somebody out there in the community who is willing to buy a bundle of tickets and then make a donation to a program in town and use it as a tax donation,” Young said.

The coach is definitely concerned about the situation.

“We are getting a little desperate at this point, so we are willing to try anything,” Young said.

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