It’s the first time since 2008 the Indians have sold out a non-Opening Day home game. Tickets are still available for Sunday’s contest.
The weekend series dubbed ‘The Battle of Ohio’ begins on Friday night. The Reds are no pushover; they currently sit in first place in the NL Central and were a playoff team last season.
News of a Saturday sellout bodes well for the Indians who currently rank last in average attendance in the American League. The team draws a paltry average of 15,648 fans per game despite having the best record in the AL. All three games this weekend will be well above that average. And improving Cleveland weather should result in bigger crowds, as long as the Indians continue to win.
Twelve of the next 18 Indians games will be played at Progressive Field. The next 15 will be against teams that currently hold a winning record.
If you’re looking to purchase tickets for Sunday’s game, or any upcoming contest, it might be smart to buy in advance. Last Friday, the Indians drew over 8,000 walk-up fans, resulting in long lines at the ticket windows. Many fans missed the first inning.
The Indians will also receive a bit of national exposure next week. Their game on Monday against the Boston Red Sox will be televised on ESPN2 as part of Monday Night Baseball. Though not technically their first game on national TV (a game was broadcast on the MLB Network earlier this year), it is the first time the Indians have appeared on ESPN this season.
With a packed house and nationally televised games, it’s clear the Indians are no longer flying under the radar. Hopefully they continue their winning ways even with all this attention.