Dodgers No Longer Have Waiting List For Season Tickets Following Lower Renewal Rates
After three years in which the Dodgers "capped season tickets at 35,000 and established a waiting list, season tickets are currently on sale for all levels of Dodger Stadium, at a prorated price," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. In the '15-16 offseason, the Dodgers said they had "several thousand" fans on the waiting list. Now, "barely more than a year later, there is no list." The Dodgers have "sold 8.5% fewer tickets for their first 10 home games this year than they did last year." Dodgers VP/Ticket Sales David Siegel said, "We’re still shooting to be No. 1 in baseball. That’s where we expect to be." Siegel "declined to say what reasons fans have offered for not renewing season tickets" (L.A. TIMES, 4/21).
POPULARITY CONTEST: A Loyola Marymount survey of Los Angeles County residents shows the Dodgers have become "more popular than the Lakers ... for the first time in four years." The Dodgers got 36% of the vote, just topping the Lakers' 35%. The Clippers were the third-highest ranking team, with 7%. The survey was "conducted in January by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles" and asked 2,400 county residents, "What is your favorite professional sports team with L.A. in its name?” (LATIMES.com, 4/18).