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Fans might need to win lottery to get Opening Day tix

           MILWAUKEE -- An Opening Day seat could be a tough ticket when the Marlins open their new ballpark on April 4. Marlins president David Samson said the team might conduct a lottery to sell about 2,000 seats. But the rest will likely end up being sold to fans buying season-ticket packages.

           Those buying season-ticket plans, whether it's a full-season plan or a 20-game plan, are being given the option of buying a ticket to the Miami Marlins' first game in their new ballpark. Samson said the team will likely hold back about 2,000 seats to sell through a lottery, however.

           "We'll have a lottery of some sort," Samson said. "But the way season tickets are going now, I think that Opening Day is going to sell out with just ticket holders. The best way to get a (Opening Day) ticket is to buy a plan."

           In other words, fans won't be able to buy Opening Day tickets at FanFest, which is tentatively scheduled for March 3, like they have in the past. Samson said the lottery would likely occur after March 3.