Madoff tickets up for sale

The Associated PressApril 8, 2009 

The trustee overseeing the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities is giving the New York Mets a little competition in the ticket auction business.

Lawyer Irving H. Picard asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission Tuesday to sell the company's two Mets season tickets.

In exchange for returning to the team two seats in the Delta Club Platinum section in the second row behind home plate, which range from $295 to $695 depending on the game, the trustee would get to auction two seats just behind it in the Delta Club Gold section behind home plate.

Those tickets range from $225 to $525, the price for next Monday's opener and interleague games against the New York Yankees.

"We mutually agreed upon an exchange for a very good location," Mets executive vice president David Howard said. "We have other business purposes we could use the original location for."

The team is auctioning 100 tickets for the season opener with a list price of $525 (Delta Club Gold), $315 (Delta Club Silver), $280 (Ebbets Club) and $210 (Metropolitan Box).

NO BEER ALLOWED: Beer and alcohol sales were banned at the Tigers-Blue Jays game Tuesday night in Toronto, a day after their season opener was delayed when unruly fans littered the field with baseballs and debris.

The clubhouses were cleared of booze, too, after the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario suspended the liquor license at Rogers Centre for three dates because of past infractions.

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