Reporting Joel Thomas
ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Early Monday afternoon, fans leaned against counters outside of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington talking to ticket sellers through the thick glass. Almost every window in the long line of ticket vendors had someone waiting to spend money for a ballgame. This is a regular-season buzz unlike anything Texas Rangers management has seen before.
There is no home game on this night. Or any home games this week. Rangers tickets are so hot fans are buying them far in advance.
“We’re almost two months out to get these,” said Darrell Grubbs of the tickets he’d just purchased to a Rangers/Tigers game in June.
“We actually had a couple of people who came up on game day who bought suites because there were no tickets left and that was the only way they could get in the ballpark for a Saturday night game,” said Rangers COO Rick George.
Six consecutive sellouts during the last home stand is a Rangers record. They’ve had eight sellouts so far this season. They had eleven all of last year.
The Rangers expect to up the number of consecutive sellouts to nine when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim come to town next week.
When asked talked to the Rangers COO last Friday he said, “We’re third in major league baseball in attendance averaging 41,700.”
But the weekend turn-out was so enormous that by Monday George said, “We’re averaging 42,800 for each of our games. We’re second in major league baseball so we’ve actually improved since the last time we’ve talked.”
The Rangers know this is more than Darvish mania or a visiting team’s fans buying tickets. “We’re actually becoming the team people want to come out and see and watch and its exciting,” George said.
George said sales for games later in the season totaled between 22,000 and 23,000 over the weekend.