Dodgers Have No Plans To Sell Standing-Room Tickets For NLCS, World Series
While the Dodgers sold a season-high number of tickets for Sunday's NLDS Game 3 against the Braves, team President & CEO Stan Kasten said that they have "no plans to sell standing-room tickets" for the NLCS or the World Series, should they advance, according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. Kasten said the Dodgers have "the capability and the facilities" to sell standing-room tickets but have no plans to do so. The Dodgers "sold 54,646 tickets to Sunday's game," the first playoff game at Dodger Stadium since '09. The regular-season high was 53,393, for a Sept. 14 game against the Giants. Kasten explained the difference by "saying that fewer complimentary tickets are available for postseason games." Complimentary tickets "are not included in announced attendance" (LATIMES.com, 10/7).
REDEFINING SHOWTIME? In N.Y., Harvey Araton writes under the header, "Kobe Who? Showtime Has Moved To Dodger Stadium." Dodgers owner Guggenheim Baseball Management has "reinvigorated the Dodgers," while the Lakers have "begun what looks to be a certain decline." Dodgers investor Magic Johnson said, “L.A. is a real Dodger town right now. You should see all of the blue and white in town.” Araton writes it also is the Yankees’ "apparent slide toward mediocrity that enhances the rise of the Dodgers, who did not lead the majors in home and road attendance this season by accident" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/8).