With a sellout in tonight‚Äôs game against the Florida Marlins, fans of Red Sox Nation will achieve 500 consecutive regular season sellout games at Fenway Park.¬† The previous Major League record of 455, set by the Cleveland Indians between 1995-2001, was broken by the Red Sox on September 8, 2008.¬† The Red Sox plan to hold a number of special activities and giveaways at Fenway Park tonight to thank the fans and to celebrate this remarkable accomplishment.
‚ÄúThis record is the fans‚Äô record, and we want to salute the members of Red Sox Nation for reaching this extraordinary milestone,‚ÄĚ said John W. Henry, Principal Owner.¬† ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a testament to the passion and dedication they have for the game, for the team, and for the ballpark.¬† Every day, we work hard to ensure that we are worthy of their loyal support.‚ÄĚ
Every fan will receive two mementos, one on their way in and the other as they leave the ballpark after the game.¬† A special commemorative postcard celebrating the historic achievement will be distributed to fans as they enter the gates.¬† The front of each postcard features a panoramic photograph of Fenway Park and the graphic ‚ÄúThank you for 500 Consecutive Sellouts at Fenway Park 2003-2009‚ÄĚ.¬† On the reverse is a letter from Red Sox ownership expressing the team‚Äôs gratitude and appreciation to the fans for their unwavering and passionate support.¬† As they leave Fenway Park, all fans will also receive a special commemorative baseball etched with the ‚Äė500‚Äô graphic.
In addition, at the end of every inning break, randomly selected fans throughout the ballpark will receive giveaways thanks to valued Red Sox corporate sponsors.¬† The giveaways and their corresponding sponsors/partners, in alphabetical order, are:
- ARAMARK: 500 Certificates for a free Hot Dog
- D‚ÄôAngelo: 500 Free Lunch Coupons (includes a small sub/sandwich, chips and a drink)
- Dunkin‚Äô Donuts: 500 $10.00 Gift Cards
- Gulf: 500 $10.00 Gas Cards
- Qdoba Mexican Grill: 500 Certificates for a free Burrito
- Papa Gino‚Äôs: 500 Coupons for a free Large Cheese Pizza
- The Red Sox Team Store: 500 $10.00 Gift Cards
- Stanley Tools: 500 25' Stanley FatMax Tape Rules
Additionally, one lucky fan whose seat is located 500 feet from homeplate will be chosen to receive two authentic bleacher seats from Fenway Park.¬† The pair was part of the seats taken out and replaced before the 2008 season.¬† Coincidentally, Red Sox Legend Ted Williams hit his 500th career home run against the Cleveland Indians on this day in 1960.
During inning breaks, brief video ‚Äúthank you‚ÄĚ messages from players, ownership and other Boston notables will be played on the centerfield videoboard.¬† After the top of the fifth inning, when the game and the 500th sellout becomes official, a congratulatory video dedicated to Red Sox Nation will be played on the videoboard as well.¬† The video features some of the most memorable and significant moments that have occurred during the span of the past 500 games at Fenway Park.
As part of the pre-game ceremonies, the three fans who will deliver the Ceremonial First Pitch will wear Red Sox jerseys with the numbers ‚Äė5‚Äô, ‚Äė0‚Äô and ‚Äė0‚Äô on their backs to represent all those in Red Sox Nation who helped make possible 500 consecutive regular season sellout games at Fenway Park.
Source: Boston Red Sox
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