Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Earth City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Less than a week after their relocation from St. Louis to Los Angeles was approved, the Rams announced that Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson was the first to shell out deposit for season tickets at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Johnson, who was one of the first to welcome the Rams back in a series of tweets last week, is also planning to buy a suite in the new stadium.
While the Rams cannot begin selling tickets or suites to the new Inglewood stadium scheduled to open in 2019 based on their relocation agreement with the NFL, they started taking $100 deposits for 2016 season tickets.
According to the Rams’ Twitter account, 5,000 deposits were paid for in the first five minutes after they became available at 1 p.m. ET and another 5,000 had been reserved in the first hour.
The deposits are refundable and serve as a way to reserve a spot in a virtual line to buy season tickets when they officially go on sale, though it does not guarantee that everyone will be able to buy tickets.
Each deposit allows the person reserving the spot to purchase up to eight season tickets based on availability when they become available in the spring. Those whose deposits were received first will get first crack at the tickets when they go on sale, and so on down the line.
Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff told reporters in Los Angeles Friday that ticket prices for the Rams’ temporary home will be similar to what they paid in St. Louis in 2015.
Those season ticket prices started at around $300 and went up to $1,750 per seat last season.