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Red Sox reach 700 consecutive sellouts at Fenway Park

Sep 3, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

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The Red Sox had another sellout at Fenway Park for last night’s game against the Rangers, extending their MLB record to 700 consecutive regular season games dating back to May 13, 2003.

The previous MLB record for sellouts was 455, set by the Indians from 1995-2001. The Red Sox surpassed that mark on September 8, 2008.

Here’s part of a statement from Red Sox owner John Henry:

“Reaching 700 consecutive sell-outs is a lesson for us all to never underestimate what the passion of Red Sox Nation can achieve,” said John Henry, Principal Owner. “Our fans have demonstrated unwavering loyalty and support from the stands at Fenway Park every day of the regular season for more than eight years, and everyone in the organization is grateful for their steadfast dedication.”

The Dayton Dragons, a Single A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, hold the all-time record for consecutive sellouts in North American professional sports with 838. The streak is still active. The Phillies hold the second-longest current sellout streak in the majors with 191.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    So what is the capacity at Fenway? It is easier to sell out if the seating capacity is small by major league standards.

    • Glenn - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      So yes, the Red Sox have lost a lot of money over the years because of their small ball park. They probably would have preferred to have all of that lost income instead of this streak.

    • billybeaneismyhero - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      True, but considering the demand for Red Sox tickets, the capacity could be 42,000 (adding approx 5000 seats), and they’d still sell out every game. If you expanded it to 47,000, then you’re probably right. Then again, how many teams have parks with that kind of capacity? Not many.

  2. fanoredsox - Sep 3, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Are you still angry that you only have one team? Oh yeah, that team sucks!

    • ditto65 - Sep 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM

      Geez, they say Phillies Phans have short phuzes (that’s right – I brought the Phillies into this).

      He just made an observation.

      I don’t think he is questioning the fire and devotion of Red Sox Nation.

  3. mercyflush - Sep 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    I thought I read somewhere that the Red Sox sellout streak is a little bit bogus, because there have been times when the game actually didnt sell out, but at the last minute some corporation comes in and buys up the remaining tickets and gives them away, in order to keep the streak going. Like last year when it became obvious they weren’t making the playoffs.

    Am I making that up or did I really see that? Anyone?

    • Glenn - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      That does sound bogus until you think about it – someone did buy the tickets if that were the case. Unless John Henry bought them, it would still seem to be a streak. To be honest, I miss the pre-streak years when I could afford to take my family to games at Fenway.

    • crispybasil - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Haven’t heard exactly that, but what I have heard discussed is that the sellouts aren’t as impressive when you consider the fact that large areas of seating get set aside for corporate partners…so something similar. Also, over the last few years, resellers have gotten their hands on an insane portion of the overall ticket pool.

  4. stoutfiles - Sep 3, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    The Dragons have sold out every game they’ve ever had. Wouldn’t that be a record as well?

  5. SmackSaw - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Just think how many homes Frank McCourt would’ve bought had he actually gotten his hands on the Sawks.

    • bigharold - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      If McCourt ever got his “hands on the Sawks” he’d be lucky to have a 7 game sell out streak.

      The RS would 90+ years and counting for their first WS win, the “greatest rivalry in sports” wouldn’t be and the Nation would still be “lovable” losers. And, they probably be broke too!

      I’m glad he didn’t because the current dynamic is far more interesting.

  6. spizzjr - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    2003 when they started to get good for 86 years fans stayed away all of red cox nation are frontrunner fans

  7. stratomaticfan - Sep 3, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    I have heard that they sometimes sell so many Standing Room tickets, that the total ticket sales eclipses the “seating capacity” even though there are tickets for physical seats unsold.

  8. jwbiii - Sep 4, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    I compiled this a little over a week ago (some commenter opined about the Yankees and Cubs filling seats) , but I think it is relevant:

    Team Att G Avg Cap Pct
    Phi 2,958,681 65 45,518 43,651 104.28%
    Bos 2,336,852 62 37,691 37,493 100.53%
    Min 2,450,454 62 39,523 39,504 100.05%
    SFG 2,513,997 60 41,900 41,915 99.96%
    NYY 2,869,534 64 44,836 50,291 89.15%
    ChC 2,468,851 68 36,307 41,159 88.21%
    Mil 2,325,982 63 36,920 41,900 88.12%
    StL 2,279,603 60 37,993 43,975 86.40%
    LAA 2,503,206 64 39,113 45,389 86.17%
    Det 2,019,877 64 31,561 41,225 76.56%
    Tex 2,286,474 63 36,293 49,170 73.81%
    NYM 1,808,563 60 30,143 41,800 72.11%
    Col 2,394,887 66 36,286 50,445 71.93%
    LAD 2,396,935 65 36,876 56,000 65.85%
    Pit 1,643,464 66 24,901 38,362 64.91%
    Hou 1,712,069 65 26,340 40,967 64.29%
    Cin 1,781,843 64 27,841 43,441 64.09%
    ChW 1,634,643 65 25,148 41,432 60.70%
    SDP 1,708,626 66 25,888 42,691 60.64%
    Atl 1,893,551 66 28,690 50,097 57.27%
    WsN 1,462,556 62 23,590 41,546 56.78%
    TBR 1,205,583 63 19,136 34,078 56.15%
    KCR 1,432,601 70 20,466 37,903 54.00%
    Oak 1,215,000 65 18,692 35,067 53.30%
    Sea 1,538,395 64 24,037 47,116 51.02%
    Cle 1,308,953 59 22,186 43,545 50.95%
    Ari 1,497,624 62 24,155 48,633 49.67%
    Fla 1,157,906 63 18,379 38,560 47.66%
    Tor 1,386,672 60 23,111 49,260 46.92%
    Bal 1,371,667 64 21,432 48,876 43.85%

    Capacities do not include standing rooming only not-seats. Boston sells fewer tickets for day games. I used the higher night game capacity. If some company is buying unused seats, then a lot of SROs are being bought for other games.

  9. jwbiii - Sep 4, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    My goodness, that looks crappy.

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