As the Baltimore Orioles jockey to secure their ticket to a second straight postseason, they're offering another way for fans to secure theirs.
Team officials announced Wednesday that fans who place deposits on season plans for next year by 11:59 p.m. Thursday will get guaranteed early access to tickets for Orioles home games in the upcoming postseason.
Deposits can be made online or by calling the team's ticket office at 1-888-848-BIRD.
The deposit is $250 per seat for a 13-game plan, $500 for a 29-game plan or $1,000 for season tickets, according to a team release. Fans who secure season tickets will get the best deal on playoff tickets, according to officials.
Fans who don't have a season plan for this year or are not planning to buy a season plan for next year can register for the team's ticket opportunity lottery. Sales for those selected will start on Sept. 28. Tickets for any potential wild card or American League Division Series game start at $20 for standing room and go up to $150 for field box, according to the team website.
Current season plan holders have already been invoiced for postseason tickets, according to the release.
But the playoffs are not yet certain for this year's Orioles squad. Headed into Wednesday's games, the Orioles are two games out of an American wild card spot. The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays are knotted at the top of the wild card race as they play a decisive four-game series at Tropicana Field, currently tied at a game apiece.
The Orioles beat the Red Sox Tuesday night at Fenway Park, 3-2, with help from a team-record 51st home run from Chris Davis and a 9th inning Danny Valencia triple and Matt Wieters sacrifice fly, snapping former Oriole Koji Uehara's streak of 37 consecutive batters retired, a Red Sox record.
The Orioles have the toughest schedule of the wild card contenders, facing Boston for two more games and heading down to Tampa Bay for a crucial four-game set and later hosting the Red Sox for the regular season finale.
The Rangers' win Tuesday over Tampa Bay snapped a seven-game slide.