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76ers' Season-Ticket Package Sales Up More Than Double '11-12 Total

The 76ers expect to see attendance continue to grow at the Wells Fargo Center
The 76ers have "sold more tickets for the 2012-13 season than they did last season," according to John Mitchell of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. 76ers CEO Adam Aron said that the Sixers have "more than doubled the sales of full season-ticket packages from 3,300 last season to 7,000." He added that sales of 10-game ticket packages "have more than quadrupled" for the Sixers, who begin the regular season on Oct. 31 with a home game against the Nuggets. Mitchell notes this marks the second season in a row that the Sixers "expect to see significant gains in attendance." Last season, the team "saw average attendance at the Wells Fargo Center jump" to 17,502 after averaging 14,751 in '10-11. Aron said that the increase in ticket sales "is not solely" because of the team's acquisition of C Andrew Bynum. Aron credited Bynum for "about a 5 percent bump" in sales. The Sixers, who have "reported a 92 percent renewal rate on season tickets, did not change the majority of their ticket prices" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/19).

STRONG SALES IN THE BIG EASY: In New Orleans, John Reid noted the Hornets on Monday announced that they have "surpassed an average of 12,000 tickets sold per game this upcoming season, which includes partial and full-season season ticket packages, group sales and suites." It is the "highest tickets sold per game average prior to the season starting since the Hornets relocated from Charlotte, N.C., in 2002" (NOLA.com, 9/17).
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