Red Sox: Fenway Park sellout streak likely to end Wednesday
The Red Sox expect to see their record of 794 regular-season Fenway Park sellouts end on Wednesday.
The team sold out its home opener on Monday, but the streak of sellouts that dates back to May 15, 2003 will likely end, according to the team.
The Red Sox have been preparing for the streak to end, according to SI.com:
“The streak will probably end in April, the first or second series. That’s fine,” Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Friday. “It’s extraordinary. I don’t think anybody will come close to that for some time. We’re proud of it, but we move on.
“The fact is that the fans supported the team in such numbers with such consistency. This year it will be easier. People will be able to get tickets because it is not all sold-out in advance.”
The team has cited a record 17 home games scheduled in April, a month that often brings bad weather and, parents and kids staying home on a school night, among their challenges.
The Red Sox’s new owners have made the effort to improve the gameday experience at Fenway Park, spending $285 million in renovations that include new video boards and seats above the Green Monster, as well as, family restrooms and a seating bowl that provides shelter from rain.
The sellout streak’s legitimacy has come under scrutiny, including a Boston Globe report that revealed how a large number of complimentary tickets and giveaways helped the team keep the streak alive last season.
As we've reported many times over, it was a "tickets distributed" streak and not actual people in the park. But MLB counts it that way—
Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 09, 2013