With U.S. Out Of WBC, Ticket Demand Drops For Games In S.F.
The Japan-Puerto Rico World Baseball Classic game last night at AT&T Park drew 33,683 fans, nearly 8,000 short of a sellout, as MLB and the MLBPA grappled with relative sales weakness for the championship-round games in S.F. Low-end face-value ticket prices on Saturday were reduced to $8 for the semifinal games last night and tonight. Both semifinal games on the secondary market fell to the effective $6 minimum price established by league partner StubHub. MLB and the union project a cumulative attendance of about 100,000 for the three championship-round games this week. As expected, the absence of the U.S. team is seen as a significant factor dragging down demand.