The Boston Red Sox set a new club record for the first weekend of regular season ticket sales with 243,024 tickets purchased by fans over the two-day period.Â Sales started at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 13, coinciding with the traditional Red Sox ticket sales launch event, Christmas at Fenway presented by Stop and Shop.Â Red Sox EVP/Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Sam Kennedy made the announcement.
â€śThis year, given the current economic conditions, we are particularly gratified by the extraordinary dedication our fans have shown the organization,â€ť said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner.Â â€śWe are humbled by their loyalty and support.â€ť
The total sold surpasses the first weekend record total of 234,033 set last year for the 2008 season.Â Tickets were purchased online, by phone, and at Fenway Park, and included Sox Pax and single games for select dates in April, May, and September.
The Boston Red Sox also sold over 31,000 tickets for their 2009 spring training games on the first weekend of sales, which took place on December 6 and 7.Â The number of tickets sold during the first two days of sales exceeded 30,000 for only the second time since the current ownership took over in 2002.Â A total of 31,553 tickets were sold for games at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida. That total includes tickets sold over the internet, by phone, and at the City of Palms Park ticket office.
Tickets for 2009 Spring Training and the 2009 regular season remain at the 2008 prices, part of Red Sox ownershipâ€™s price freeze for all 2009 tickets.
Source: Boston Red Sox
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