Now that it appears St. Petersburg has taken a back seat to Miami and Denver in baseball's expansion hunt, what can area fans do about their seats? You know, the more than 22,000 places they reserved at the Florida Suncoast Dome for a $50 deposit?
Anita Treiser, director of the Join the Team program staged by the city, says fans who reserved season tickets can obtain a refund, or maintain their deposit in hopes that St. Petersburg entices a team to relocate.
Treiser said those who leave their money in will still be "first in line to select seats" if the Dome becomes the future home of a major league team.
Fans can request refunds by writing to Join the Team, P.O. Box 2842, St. Petersburg, Fla., 33731. Treiser said it will take at least three weeks to process the requests.
A 30-day season-ticket drive resulted in reservations for 22,697 tickets in November 1989. The city currently has 24,000 season-ticket reservations.
_ Compiled by the Times staff
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY
"I'm very hot under the collar right now. I don't want to say why, but I think you can figure it out. In my opinion, we had as good a shot as anyone at getting it (a franchise). Politics was involved."
"The Dome was a gamble from the word go. There was our group, talking about not coming up with the money until we know something concrete, then there was Huizenga in Miami saying, "How do you want it? Cashier's check?'
"I always thought having a baseball team would help us. It shows our major-league market. I know there are some people in our group that are glad we didn't get baseball. But I really didn't feel that way."
"It's all politics. If you have more money, you get your way. Money talks. It was money and politics. The Miami owner, he knows a lot of top people. He had the inside scoop."
"I think it's crushing. I know I've heard there's a possibility of a relocation, so there might be some method behind the great disappointment."