Free Admission Costs Many Parents

Many young baseball fans got too much of a good thing at the Omaha Storm Chasers game Wednesday night.

The club sponsored a “Hit the books night.” Students who read a certain number of books received a voucher for a free admission to the berm area at Werner Park. However general manager Martie Cordaro told Channel Six News that many parents picked up tickets early and bought tickets to sit next to their kids. That made the berm area a sell out long before the first pitch. Dozens of other families who showed up just before game time were offered regular seats for a $3.00 upgrade even though their child had a voucher for free admission.

Michelle Hansen said that caused a line and her daughter didn’t get into the game until the third inning. She said they shouldn't give out a free voucher and not have free admission for students who qualified.

Cordaro said fire codes prevented them from allowing more than 2,500 fans on the berm. He said about six parents have called to complain. The the club is satisfying those fans. He said adjustments are being made in the hit the books program so every student can get the free admission they had been promised for reading more books.

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