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Phillies Seeing Sharp Attendance Drop Again, With Season-Ticket Sales Down 6,000

In MLB, the Phillies currently rank 11th in terms of filled capacity at home games
The Phillies as of their last home game on Tuesday were “league leaders in year-over-year attendance drop” with a "per-game plummet of 7,070" through 15 games at Citizens Bank Park, according to Chris Hepp of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. It also “represents an enormous loss of revenue.” If current numbers carry through the remainder of the season, it will be the “second in a row that the Phils have seen their home attendance plunge.” A "bright spot" is that the Phillies “still rank in the top half when it comes to the percentage of available seats filled each game.” The team is at 67.4% capacity at home, "which places it 11th of 30 in the major leagues.” That is a “far cry from the remarkable streak of 257 home sellouts that ended” in ‘12. Phillies VP/Sales & Ticket Operations John Weber said, “We have got some work to do.” He added, “Your season-ticket number is so important, especially in April and May, before schools let out." Both Weber and Phillies President & CEO David Montgomery noted there has been a “decrease in season-ticket sales to about 18,000,” whereas last year, “24,000 were sold” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/9).
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