Red Sox not selling out past two nights

BostonTaxiDriver

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One reason the surge may be disappointing this time of year after Red Sox games is that the games sometimes don't sell out, especially weeknights.

Capacity varies between 37,000+ to over 38,000+, depending if it's a day or night game (I think).

Monday night drew over 34,000 but last night was 33,009, smallest of the season I think.

And add in likely no shows on a school night, and it's possible there were less than 30,000 in the park?

Get used to it for other September weeknight games...
 

Gung-Ho

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This team has some unlikable dogs and dolts like Price, Ramirez, Farrell. And there young star players are boring no personality and Pedroia's act is getting old too.

It's missing something. Despite Sale there is no real excitement here.

First round playoff bounce out assuming they don't go total chicken and beer plotch and miss playoffs all together.
 

CharlesG

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This team has some unlikable dogs and dolts like Price, Ramirez, Farrell. And there young star players are boring no personality and Pedroia's act is getting old too.

It's missing something. Despite Sale there is no real excitement here.

First round playoff bounce out assuming they don't go total chicken and beer plotch and miss playoffs all together.

The team has no charisma. That's the problem. Hanley is a problem, Farrell is a bum, I do believe David price has become a problem because of the Boston media, and Pedroia is just getting uo there in age. Also, JBJ and Mookie have been subpar this year compared to last.
 

john1975

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One reason the surge may be disappointing this time of year after Red Sox games is that the games sometimes don't sell out, especially weeknights.

Capacity varies between 37,000+ to over 38,000+, depending if it's a day or night game (I think).

Monday night drew over 34,000 but last night was 33,009, smallest of the season I think.

And add in likely no shows on a school night, and it's possible there were less than 30,000 in the park?

Get used to it for other September weeknight games...
Great point. I was thinking the same thing. Although if it continues to be a tight race that could help. Although the wildcard take a lot of the drama away I'm going tonight so I will file a report lol.
 

BillyTheKidd

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One reason the surge may be disappointing this time of year after Red Sox games is that the games sometimes don't sell out, especially weeknights.

Capacity varies between 37,000+ to over 38,000+, depending if it's a day or night game (I think).

Monday night drew over 34,000 but last night was 33,009, smallest of the season I think.

And add in likely no shows on a school night, and it's possible there were less than 30,000 in the park?

Get used to it for other September weeknight games...

BTD - I am sure you remember it was not long ago that Fenway was an easy ticket and never sold out. We aren't talking many years ago. I think there certainly is less enthusiasm with this team and baseball in particular. Games are routinely over 3 hours long. When I used to go to a lot of games they were around 2 1/2 hours long. The game is the same game so there is no legitimate reason for this. I have zero desire to go to more than 1 game per year if that.
 

Ihateyou

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BTD - I am sure you remember it was not long ago that Fenway was an easy ticket and never sold out. We aren't talking many years ago. I think there certainly is less enthusiasm with this team and baseball in particular. Games are routinely over 3 hours long. When I used to go to a lot of games they were around 2 1/2 hours long. The game is the same game so there is no legitimate reason for this. I have zero desire to go to more than 1 game per year if that.

4 years ago, they were essentially giving away free tickets for games in September:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1779021-boston-red-sox-are-offering-1-tickets-to-fans-with-beards
 

john1975

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Don't bank on much surge at Fenway tonight.
 

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BostonTaxiDriver

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Don't bank on much surge at Fenway tonight.
It looks almost packed!...but I thought the pic was supposed to show gobs of empty seats?

Checked the box score, and it's another non-sellout of 33,000 plus, but close to capacity.

But to be fair, before their famous sellout streak started in 2013 and "officially" ended in 2014, the April, May and September weeknight games had been hard to sell out...like almost any city, not just Boston. Heck, the Astros, Yankees and Dodgers are playing well in large markets...and don't sell out most games (much larger capacity,though)...too, too many games, yet their tv contracts are superb. Nowadays, as long as your local tv contract is golden, a team needn't pack 'em in each and every game.

Example: during the summers, Toronto fans pack Fenway and stay at local hotels for the weekend, but can't reasonably travel down here in September, and I think they're back here again later in the month. Our locals don't buy those tickets, either.

BTD - I am sure you remember it was not long ago that Fenway was an easy ticket and never sold out. We aren't talking many years ago. I think there certainly is less enthusiasm with this team and baseball in particular. Games are routinely over 3 hours long. When I used to go to a lot of games they were around 2 1/2 hours long. The game is the same game so there is no legitimate reason for this. I have zero desire to go to more than 1 game per year if that.
Yep, I remember in the late 80s, I strolled up to Fenway and easily bought a bleacher ticket in anticipation of the Red Sox' clinching the division that night, mid September. No Stubhubs back then. Likely not a sellout, maybe close.

But in those days, if a poor season, announced attendance could be 18,000-25,000 for a meaningless April or September weeknight game?

Yes, of course the Sox have always been part of the local fabric, but the local hysteria from 2003ish to 2013 or so probably will never happen again, according to local sports radio hosts.

And wasn't attendance weak many/all years before 1967, the Impossible Dream...and even Ted Williams' last game reportedly only drew, gasp...nine thousand? The Celtics reportedly didn't draw well in the regular season in the 60s despite ALL the championships, Pats were relatively insignificant (?), and the Bruins reportedly owned the town in early 70s (?). Not exactly Sportstown USA back then.
 
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john1975

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It looks almost packed!...but I thought the pic was supposed to show gobs of empty seats?

Checked the box score, and it's another non-sellout of 33,000 plus, but close to capacity.

But to be fair, before their famous sellout streak started in 2013 and "officially" ended in 2014, the April, May and September weeknight games had been hard to sell out...like almost any city, not just Boston. Heck, the Astros, Yankees and Dodgers are playing well in large markets...and don't sell out most games (much larger capacity,though)...too, too many games, yet their tv contracts are superb. Nowadays, as long as your local tv contract is golden, a team needn't pack 'em in each and every game.

Example: during the summers, Toronto fans pack Fenway and stay at local hotels for the weekend, but can't reasonably travel down here in September, and I think they're back here again later in the month. Our locals don't buy those tickets, either.


Yep, I remember in the late 80s, I strolled up to Fenway and easily bought a bleacher ticket in anticipation of the Red Sox' clinching the division that night, mid September. No Stubhubs back then. Likely not a sellout, maybe close.

But in those days, if a poor season, announced attendance could be 18,000-25,000 for a meaningless April or September weeknight game?

Yes, of course the Sox have always been part of the local fabric, but the local hysteria from 2003ish to 2013 or so probably will never happen again, according to local sports radio hosts.

And wasn't attendance weak many/all years before 1967, the Impossible Dream...and even Ted Williams' last game reportedly only drew, gasp...nine thousand? The Celtics reportedly didn't draw well in the regular season in the 60s despite ALL the championships, Pats were relatively insignificant (?), and the Bruins reportedly owned the town in early 70ss (?). Not exactly Sportstown USA back then.
Probably about 20000 fans in the seats
 
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