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Phillies' Home Sellout Streak Going Strong As Three-Year Mark Approaches

Phillies' attendance includes standing-room; sellouts possible with empty seats

The Phillies' home sellout streak nears the three-year mark as it will soon reach 243 games, and it "appears likely that the Phillies will exceed that number this month," according to Mark Kram of PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. The team has 13 more home games remaining in June and they “only need 11 more sold-out games” to extend the streak to 243. But in a season in which the Phillies have struggled in the standings and with injuries to some star players, “the question remains: How long can this streak continue?” Phillies VP Ticket Sales & Operations John Weber said, “We know at some point it is going to end. And that will be OK, but because of our fan base, we may not draw 45,000 or 44,000. But we will still draw 40,000 or 38,000. We will never fall that far down.” Weber said that the last time the Phillies "failed to sell out a game" was July 6, 2009. The Phillies have “declared sellouts despite the empty seats at Citizens Banks Park that have been apparent at most home games and the fact that tickets are available on the secondary market at less than face value.” Weber: “We are approaching 3.4 million tickets sold. I guarantee you that no team in baseball has that many tickets sold.” He added that “the schedule in August could undermine the streak.” Weber: “We have 19 games in August. People go on vacation. ... Almost every game, we have 40,000 sold already. But we should have some games where we have 3,500 tickets to sell.” StubHub.com Head of Communications Joellen Ferrer said that the Phillies “remain one of the most-searched teams” on the ticket broker’s website (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/5).

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