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Philadelphia Phillies' season ticket demands force team to cap sales
The Philadelphia Phillies, coming off two straight National League pennants and one World Series victory, is on the verge of capping season ticket sales for this season, the team announced this week.
As of Thursday, March 17, the team had sold 28,500 season tickets, the most it has ever sold, and it also sold just over 3 million total tickets. The team's Opening Day is Monday, April 5, against the Washington Nationals, but the home opener at Citizens Bank Park is a week later on April 12 against the same opponent.
Available season tickets range in price from $4,525 per seat for the field level, or about $56 per game, to $1,316 per seat, or about $17 per game, for the upper deck section. Citizens Bank Park has a capacity of just under 44,000 seats, but it also sells a limited number of standing-room-only tickets.
The team is planning to cap season ticket sales at 28,750, to allow for availability of about 14,900 individual game tickets per game, and because there are certain league requirements for the availability of post-season tickets for opposing teams, league officials and sponsors.
For the 2009 season, the team established a new mark for total tickets sold at 3.6 million, which the team expects to easily reach again this year. Due to the size of the ballpark, the Phillies would only expect to sell about 40,000 more tickets over the course of the 2010 season if every ticket was sold. Last season, 73 of 81 home games were sold out, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"We can't really do much more than we did last year," John Webber, vice president of sales and ticketing operations, told the Inquirer.
While the Phillies were not among the top ten leading sports events for the week ending March 14, according to TicketNews' exclusive ticketing industry rankings, the City of Philadelphia was the nation's eighth-largest market for overall ticket sales for the week.