SWB Yanks tickets selling at record pace

October 10, 2012

MOOSIC – Sales of tickets for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees home games at the renovated PNC Field are running at a record pace.

Rob Crain, president and CEO of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, on Tuesday said ticket sales have hit 100,000. In 2011, the last season the team played in Moosic, advance sales didn't reach 100,000 until sometime in March, he said.

"Ticket sales have been better than ever before," Crain said.

The stadium is in the midst of a $43-million renovation. In addition to the new surroundings, Crain promises special events planned for all 72 home games.

For starters, Crain said every day will have a featured promotion:

Among them will be "$1 Hotdog Mondays," "Kids Eat Free!" Wednesdays and "Family FUNday," on Sundays, when players will sign autographs, clowns will entertain, and kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game.

Crain said a more detailed promotion and giveaway schedule will be released at a later date.

Legal battle continues

Luzerne County officials had to hire a new lawyer to handle the county's litigation over its stake in the Triple-A baseball franchise co-purchased with Lackawanna County because a judge disqualified the prior one in July.

Lackawanna County argued Luzerne County's law firm -- Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot, LLC -- should be disqualified because the firm previously represented Lackawanna as a bond counsel. Luzerne County advertised statewide for a new law firm and county Manager Robert Lawton recently selected the Pittsburgh-based firm Murray, Hogue & Lannis. County Council voted Tuesday to approve Lawton's recommendation to retain the firm.

Luzerne County's suit says Lackawanna is legally required to hand over half the proceeds from the $14.6 million sale of the franchise.

Lackawanna filed a countersuit arguing Luzerne County isn't entitled to anything and instead owes Lackawanna millions of dollars for past stadium repairs.

The Lackawanna County Multi-Purpose Stadium Authority, also named as a defendant in the suit, sold the franchise in April to SWB Yankees LLC, a joint venture of the New York Yankees and Mandalay Baseball Properties.