July 23, 2014

Cleveland Indians announce Home Opener sells out in six minutes

Singles game tickets went on sale, and it didn’t take long for Cleveland fans to sell out the Home Opener against the Yankees.

It sold out in six minutes.

In fairness, the opener always sells out, and Yankee games always sell out. With the additions the Indians made this off-season added to the mix, it was the perfect storm for a quick sell out. From the team-

“The Cleveland Indians 2013 Home Opener, on April 8 at 4:05 p.m. against the New York Yankees, is SOLD OUT, marking the 21st consecutive home opener sellout and the 20th at Progressive Field, which opened in 1994.

The game sold out in 6 minutes, one of the fastest sellouts in Indians history. Since the Indians in 2009 moved the public on-sale date to Spring, Opening Day sellouts have become official on March 30 (2009), April 8 (2010), March 24 (2011) and March 15 (2012), another reflection of the heightened attention for 2013.

Fans wanting to attend 2013 Opening Day — which marks the Indians’ 113th year as a charter member of the American League — still can secure tickets by purchasing full-season ticket packages, which offer the best value and greatest savings over single-game ticket prices.”

Of course, the secondary ticket market will be alive and well for the opener. Use WFNY Tickets, your local ticket aggregator to find your seats.

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  • BenRM

    I’ll be there!

    Seriously though, this is what happens when you give us nice things, Dolan.

  • JK

    See you there!

  • EyesAbove

    20,000 of those tickets probably went to Yankee fans but oh well, a sellout is a sellout.

  • CLE

    Lets see how many are there the second game of the year…

  • Harv 21

    not me. An opener without Russell Branyan or Shelley Dunc is just not much of an opener.

  • 330FoSho

    Home opener would have sold out if they played the Royals. Using Yankee boost on opening day hurts attendance push they’d normally receive mid season. Will still be nice to see a packed stadium though.

  • mgbode

    it’s actually a smart business move. the Indians still change the prices of their tickets based on opponent I believe.

    a sellout w/ Royals != sellout w/ Yankees from a revenue standpoint.

  • mgbode

    The names change but the player is still the same. Allow me to introduce you to Mike McDade.

  • JK

    If you win, they will come…

  • mgbode

    I predict the biggest April attendance since 2008!

    (not much of a prediction, but still)

  • Kildawg

    What about Mark Reynolds? Still a 1B/DH free-swinger with good pop and LOTS of strikeouts (he will walk as well, maybe more of a Thome type, but I digress).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If you spend it they will come!

  • Kildawg

    Hopefully this is the start of another sellout streak, and it’s longer than the 455 that’s retired already.

  • Harv 21

    nah, I’m talking about a guy both totally hopeless and counted on to help the team not induce nausea. As in so many commenters last year saying stuff like “Duncan may be 32 but he’s never before had a fair chance, and if he could just hit blahblahblah with blahblahblah this team could do some real damage.” I need a whole situational change. The Dolans have kind of killed my spring spirit, the power to dream just because.

  • Steve

    The home opener always sells out, and its the Yankees this time.We’ll see what the numbers look like for the White Sox series.

    Luckily for the Tribe, there are few April home dates, and with NY, Boston, and Philly, they are mostly bigger draws. There is only one mid-week tough draw before the middle of June.

  • Steve

    Opening Day ticket prices are at a premium, even for the Royals.

    The advantage of having the Yankees on Opening Day is that you get the Yankees on day 2 and 3, when you would normally be drawing sub 10k.

  • Garry_Owen

    “Fans wanting to attend 2013 Opening Day — which marks the Indians’ 113th year as a charter member of the American League — still can secure tickets by purchasing full-season ticket packages, which offer the best value and greatest savings over single-game ticket prices.”

    I love this sales technique. You want to go the home opener? Well you can, and you’ll actually SAVE money on that ticket! Granted, you’ll have to spend a boatload of cash to save it, but it will be LESS EXPENSIVE! Think of it as an investment!

    How many people planning to go to 81, or even 61 Indians games this year have not already purchased season tickets? “Golly, Martha, good thing we didn’t just pay for each ticket individually! We woulda spent us a fortune!”

    Of course, the technique works. The other day I bought a case of cream of mushroom soup at the grocery store because the price per unit of the gross was SO much less than the price of just the one (half) can that we needed for the funeral casserole. Granted, we’ll never eat it all, but I SAVED MONEY!

    /old codger rant concluded. Now where’s my Matlock?

  • mgbode

    “the power to dream just because”

    oh, if that’s what you are looking to do, then allow me to introduce you to our entire starting pitching staff.

  • Harv 21

    ok, closer, but I like it encapsulated in one guy. Maybe Ubaldo. Go on, talk up Ubaldo. He’s reduced his pitches from 47 to 21, someone made the annual winter pilgrimmage to his farm in the DR
    and checked on his “progress,” he’s really dedicated to straightening this thing out and cares a lot.

    Right now I’m looking forward – legit looking forward – to watching a bunch of new guys play. And last year’s guys playing under different circunstances, lineup protected by others. And it’s disconcerting in a sort of itchy way.

  • FearTheRoo

    Yeah this sellout “streak” will last one game, just like every year.

  • Steve

    Spending this year will be equivalent to 2008 and 2009 spending, when no one came.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I guess that’s why they play the games huh? I’m glad your grandpa and uncle decided to spend finally though.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I guess that’s why they play the games huh? I’m glad your grandpa and uncle decided to spend finally though.

  • Hypno_Toad

    In 2009 we were halfway through stripping our 2007 team (that got us to within 1 game of the world series) to scraps and starting over. I don’t think the situations are equal.

  • Steve

    I have no idea how you can even remotely think this comment follows the conversation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lnicholas2 Lee Nicholas

    That might be the statistic Cleveland fans can be most proud of. So awesome that we held that record for a while.

  • Steve

    By the middle of 2009 they needed to rebuild, and were in the process of doing so. I’m not sure how that is a part of the conversation. The Indians spent ~80 million in 2008 and 2009 trying to contend. They will again this year. Anyone who wants to pretend that the Dolans just figured out how to open the wallet aren’t following closely enough.