You might have noticed something while watching some of the Phillies games on their recent West Coast trip -- the Phillies actually pushing tickets sales for some of their upcoming games.
The TV ads said that tickets for some of the games during the upcoming four-game set with the Cubs were still available.
It got some people thinking -- myself included -- that the 200-plus-game sellout streak at Citizens Bank Park that goes back to the 2009 season could be in jeopardy. Maybe the Phillies poor play has caused them to lose their luster. Add in that good seats like section 129 (right behind the visitor’s dugout) were available for Friday’s game, and it seemed that the streak -- a mark of success for the Phillies and a show of how passionate us Phillies fans are -- could be over.
Don’t worry, it marches on.
Phillies fans aren’t letting a mediocre team and colder weather end the CBP sellout streak.
I called Phillies Vice President of Ticket Sales and Operations John Weber and he told me, that while some tickets do remain for the Cubs series, that each game should break the sellout barrier of about 43,000.
Therefore the four-game home stretch against the Cubs should extend the regular season sellout streak to 214, Weber said.
What about beyond this weekend? Looking past the Cubs series, Weber says that tickets remain on Phillies.com for 10 of the 14 series in May and that a couple of thousands could remain for some of the games, though he didn’t say which ones.
Assuming weather starts to warm along with the Phillies offense, the streak could go to 228 games by the time the Phils host the Nationals (the 14th home game in 17 days) on May 23.
The thing with Phillies tickets is that a sellout doesn’t always mean that there aren’t tickets for sale. Weber says that of the 1,800 standing-room only tickets made available for any game that 500 are sold the day of the game starting about three hours before first pitch. That means that even for super sellouts, fans willing to stand could still get into CBP.
Also, Weber says that often the exact request of tickets for family members and other guests of the players aren’t always known until close to game day, so it’s possible that more tickets become available as a game approaches.
So even though the sellout streak doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, it’s still possible you can grab a ticket to see the Phightin Phils play.