It’s early, but with the weather continuing to be good to great, and optimism still abounding, ticket sales in MLB are already looking good.
Both the Rangers (last Weds) and the Brewers (on Monday) surpassed the 2 million tickets sold mark. It was the fastest that either club had done so.
In 2011, the club did not sell its two millionth ticket until May 19. The Rangers sold its two millionth ticket on August 7 in 2010. The mark set last week is the earliest that the club has reached the 2,000,000 mark since records are first available in 1999.
For the Brewers mark set on Monday, the previous record for the fastest to two million came on April 19, 2001, the first year that the team played in Miller Park. In comparison to last season when the Brewers set an all-time franchise attendance mark with nearly 3.1 million through the turnstiles, the two-million mark was reached on April 27.
“Brewers fans continue to over-deliver in every way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We want to thank all of them for their incredible support."
The five fastest years of reaching two million tickets sold for the Brewers include:
- 2012 – April 16
- 2001 – April 19
- 2009 – April 21
- 2011 – April 27
- 2010 – April 29
As mentioned, the improved weather compared to last year is already playing a part for all of MLB. To date, there has been one weather related cancellation (White Sox at Indians on Tues, April 10 due to snow). Compared to last year at the same time there had already been 10 rainouts.
The league is already seeing a solid showing. As of Sunday, the league saw a total of 6,146,468 compared to 5,603,279 on the same date last year.
Source: Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Biz of Baseball research
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