A Kansas City construction contractor is sending its employees to the World Series game Tuesday.
That’s what Richard Wetzel told the Centric Projects gang of 49 on Friday after one employee offered the suggestion almost as a joke. It was a whim, Wetzel admitted, though not necessarily out of character for the firm.
Centric Projects has a holiday party, summer picnic and First Friday event for its employees, many of whom work in the field. It brings the group together. They’ve been to Sporting Kansas City and Royals games before.
Of course, this is the first World Series game in Kansas City for 29 years. It would be nice to have the tickets, right?
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“We didn’t,” said Wetzel, one of three partners at the firm. “We spent Friday wrangling them.”
Forty tickets in all – nine employees either already had tickets or had reasons not to attend, like vacation plans.
Wetzel isn’t saying what the whim has set back the company.
But standing room only tickets were going for between $500 and $600 late Friday, which puts the tab above $20,000. It’s potluck for the tailgating before the game.
“Once every so often you do something like this,” Wetzel said.