Saturday, March 04, 2006

Ominous Sign?

Single-game tickets have been on sale for over two hours now, and there are still plenty of seats left for Opening Day. That can't be a good sign, can it?

(Looks like the Yankees are the biggest draw, no suprise)


  • I think we're all much too paranoid.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/04/2006 5:07 PM  

  • That's what makes baseball great: the misery!

    You can't fully enjoy the wins unless you suffer prior to them.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/04/2006 5:44 PM  

  • I just checked -- you can get 4(!) seats together in section 467, right by the RF foul pole, about three 6 sections over from your seats.

    Get ready to look at a lot of yellow seats April 11

    By Blogger DM, at 3/04/2006 7:25 PM  

  • I poked around last night, and they still have full season packages for sale in 317, which is right behind the plate.

    It's hard to blame anyone after all the crap this offseason.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/04/2006 11:03 PM  

  • Monday late afternoon - and it was easy to get eight together in section 464.

    The contrast between baseball-towns and non-baseball towns is stark. When the Cubs single-game tickets went on sale two Fridays ago it took me a couple of hours to secure a ticket (vs. Brewers, 4.28). This past Saturday the Cardinals single-game tickets went on sale - took me about half an hour to get get a ticket (vs. Nats, 4.29). After I got my Cards tix I decided to try for Nats tickets, to gauge the level of interest - got right through.

    It is unfair, I know, to compare Cubs single-game ticket sales (600K on the first day) because the Cubs are, well, the Cubs. And the Cards are a lovely baseball town with the added bonus of a new stadium. So both of those teams should be a hard ticket on the day single-game sales start.

    Though I believe this team won't draw beans this year. Definition of beans: won't draw 2.5 million - my guess is 15% less than last year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2006 4:16 PM  

  • Since when was 2.3 million (85% of last year's 2.7) "beans"? Especially when it's for a team that will be fighting FLA for last place? That's what the White Sox drew on their way to a WS championship, and more than the Brewers in a 2-year old park, on their way to their best year in 12.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/07/2006 3:21 PM  

  • Wednesday late afternoon, Opening Day tickets are still available (I asked for four and got section 462).

    Have to agree that when I said "beans" that was odd. Attendance, as with everything, depends on perception. I was surprised the team didn't draw 3,000,000 last year - but that was before I remembered to account for the the team being in the worst park in the majors along with the worst customer service in the majors.

    Did a little math - for the last 12 teams with new digs (SD, PHI, PIT, MIL, CIN, SF, SEA, HOU, DET, TB, ARI, and ATL), the average per game drop from the first year to the second was 10.77% (one [SEA] went up [20.51%], lowest drop was SF [0.23%], highest drop was TB [30.19%]). Throwing out the extremes (SEA and TB), the average per game ddrop was 12.19%.

    So a 15% drop won't be beans, it'll be within the ballpark.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/08/2006 3:09 PM  

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