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October 22, 1995|Jeremy Bogaisky

When the Rams booked for St. Louis and the Raiders skulked back to Oakland this year, it was bruited about that L.A. fans hadn't shown the teams sufficient dedication. Well, dudes, a review of season-ticket stats among L.A.-area teams staying put reveals a sometimes alarming level of fan fealty.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

First season: 1962.

Remaining original season-ticket holders: more than 1,000.

Cost of seats per game in 1962: $2.50 and $3.50.

Now: $8 to $13.

Location of seats: varies.

Addenda: So many fans held onto their season tickets, says Deborah Duncan, director of ticket operations for the Dodgers, "it frustrates new customers because they can only move up very slowly."

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California Angels

First season: 1961.

Remaining original season-ticket holders: 49.

Cost of seats per game in 1961: $3.50.

Now: $7 to $13.

Location of seats: varies.

Addenda: In this, the Angels' 35th season, the team honored its most stalwart fans with aplomb: Eight threw out the first balls on opening night, and all 49 received autographed lithos of owner Gene Autry.

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Los Angeles Lakers

First season: 1960-61.

Remaining original season-ticket holders: 200.

Cost of seats per game in 1960: $4.

Now: $9.50 to $100.

Location of seats: basket to basket, 25 rows up.

Addenda: One of the last original season-ticket holders suffered a heart attack last year; two weeks later he was back at his seat. "I always come down onto the court before games, and we'd wave to each other," says Lakers director of sales, Steve Chase "One day last year I looked up and he wasn't there."

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Los Angeles Clippers

First season: 1984-85.

Remaining original season-ticket holders: 1

Cost of seats per game in 1984: $75.

Now: $275

Location of seats: courtside.

Addenda: When the Clippers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, only one season-ticket holder followed, driving up for every game. He recently relocated to Riverside and still attends home games.

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Los Angeles Kings

First season: 1967-68.

Remaining original season-ticket holders: 172.

Cost of seats per game in 1967: $6.

Now: $10 to $75.

Location of seats: varies.

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USC Football

First season: 1888.

Longest-running season-ticket holder: 53 years.

Cost of seats, per game in 1924: N.A.

Now: $24.

Location of seats: 5-yard line.

Addenda: One die-hard season-ticket holder, a retired phone company executive, has attended more than 750 consecutive games; went AWOL while hospitalized for an appendectomy to attend a home game; flies on team plane to away games; is leaving USC approximately $1.5 million, to endow sports scholarships.

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USC Basketball

First season: 1907.

Longest-running season-ticket holder: faculty member, 25 years.

Cost of seats per game in 1970: $3.

Now: $9.

Location of seats: faculty section.

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UCLA Football

First season: 1919.

Longest-running season-ticket holder: former captain of the UCLA ice hockey team, 58 years.

Cost of seats per game in 1937: N.A.

Cost now: $20.

Location: 40-yard line, 47 rows up.

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UCLA Basketball

First season: 1919.

Longest-running season-ticket holder: UCLA '38 graduate; became ticket holder in the early '50s.

Cost of seats, per game in early '50s: $2.50.

Now: $24.

Location: first level above court-side behind the UCLA bench.

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