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Mandalay to announce purchase of RedHawks

Group promises to be fan-friendly when it takes over the Triple-A baseball franchise.

Published: September 15, 2010
12 in minor league attendance this season. Dayton and Frisco were the only sub-Triple-A teams in the top 16.

Smith marveled at the attention he's gotten as a season-ticket holder. Deutsch said fans could expect the same level of attention here.

"We want our fans treated well at the parking lots, when they come through the gates, when they find their seats, at the food and beverage stands, everywhere,” he said.

One of the first changes fans will see, Deutsch said, is the offering of a variety of season-ticket packages.

In Dayton, 400 fans own full-season tickets but most other season-ticket holders are split up with half-season, quarter-season or smaller plans.

"We want to be something for everybody,” Deutsch said. "Minor league baseball is affordable, and we want to be able to give everybody a package that works for them.”

And Mandalay wants to be sure fans are entertained at the game, whether the team is winning or losing.

"We can't control the on-field results or the weather,” Deutsch said. "But we can control the fan experience.

"You want people to go home and say, 'Hey, that was a fun night out.'”

The entertainment includes pregame on-field and video board entertainment as well as between-innings promotions and events.

Deutsch said Dayton had about 200 different between-innings entertainment options that rotate.

"That keeps things fresh,” he said. "That way fans who are there night after night aren't seeing the same things.”

But Deutsch said local traditions, like the singing of "Oklahoma” during the game, would continue.

One of the first orders of business for the new ownership group figures to be the team's affiliation status.

For the first time since 1983, the team will change MLB affiliates. The Round Rock Express has called a Thursday news conference to announce its affiliation change and is expected to join up with the Texas Rangers.

Thursday is the first day new player development contracts can be announced. The RedHawks' announcement is likely to come next week, when Mandalay executives are back in Oklahoma City for the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game on Tuesday at the park.

The game features the Pacific Coast League champion against the International League champion in a one-game playoff that will be broadcast on Versus.

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