Individual ticket sales are off to a tremendous start, and over 2.4 million tickets have already been sold, according to a recent Phillies news release. Can it continue?
Because of Beerleaguer, people are always asking how many games I attend in a season, and they're shocked - possibly appalled - when I reveal that I only make it to a handful. Location and schedule makes travel prohibitive. When I go, it's usually because someone offers me a ticket. When I pay out of pocket, I'll get the cheapest seats available. While my passion for sports has been paid in full by my commitment toward writing the site and watching on television, I've never been one to set aside gobs of money for sports. I never made it to the postseason. I was even blocked out of the parade, becoming one of many Septa casualties stuck watching the trains pass us by at the Norristown station.
But enough about my tale of woe. Back to the subject at hand. Tickets. When you consider the cost of live baseball in other markets, the Phillies are still a very good value. Just $16 bucks will get you through the gates; I recall getting tickets for as little as $14 at the ticket window just two seasons ago. That's pretty good.
Considering the excitement surrounding the team, the element of escapism during tough times and the cost compared to other metropolitan entertainment options, I'm predicting the Phillies will draw even better than expected compared with the rest of the league, where rates in places like New York are downright insulting. Lets face it: the Phillies are a marquee product, and will rule baseball this summer.