This rivalry doesn't have the allure it once did.
The Phillies are selling out quickly for 2011.
Vice President of Sales and Ticket Operations John Weber noted this morning that “between [the Phillies] sold-out season ticket base of 28,500, group sales and Six Game Pack sales to date, we’ve already sold 3.1 million tickets for the upcoming season.”
Wow. That’s pretty impressive. What’s even better is that this morning, the Phillies began selling three-game packs today. The new initiative allows fans to commit to less games than they would in a six-game pack or larger ticket plan. They’ll still be able to go to a number of Phillies games and reserve their seats before single-game tickets go on sale next Thursday.
But take a closer look at these ticket packages posted this morning… what is similar about each one of them?
Okay, I’ll tell you.
Every package forces you to buy a Mets game, either on April 6th or 7th. This begs the question… are the Phillies having trouble selling out the second series of the season? Does no one want to see the Mets anymore?
There was a time when there was only one six-pack option featuring Mets games… and that was just two years ago! The Mets have enough problems right now, it certainly doesn’t help things that the allure of what is possibly their biggest rivalry is fizzing out.
Whatever the case is, it seems like no mistake that every Phillies three-game plan includes a “must-select” option for one of these two Mets games.
Having said all of this, there is no doubt in my mind that the Phillies will sell out each of their 81 regular season home games this year. And if they are having trouble with those two games in April, this is a great way to address it. There is a Texas Rangers pack, a division-rival Atlanta Braves pack, and an April 2nd Houston Astros pack that will feature the return of Cliff Lee to the mound at Citizens Bank Park. Glorious.
There’s also a Mets pack, which means… two Mets games…
…I’m not sure how that one will sell in comparison.