Fans who had scheduled a 10:00 AM date with their computers or mobile devices for Tuesday, March 6, with the intention of trying to snag Indians’ Opening Day tickets, your morning suddenly got a little less busy.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that tickets to the annual holiday were already sold out, a day ahead of the release of tickets to the general public. While tickets for the first game of the season at Progressive Field are unavailable, tickets to the remaining 80 home dates will go on sale as scheduled Tuesday morning.
The announcement, as would be expected, has generated some anger across the Tribe fan base. A season ticket holders’ presale cleared out the remaining allotment of tickets, leaving nothing for the general public. Such has been the case over the last few years, when tickets on the morning of sales would be gone in less than a quarter of an hour due to what felt like a significantly limited amount of seats available for purchase each year.
Compounding the problem further in recent years was the renovations of the ballpark following the 2015 season that reduced the capacity of Progressive Field by more than 7,000 fans.
The Indians noted in a press release Monday announcing the sellout that “an increase in Season Ticket Holders and strong demand in their exclusive presales” was a contributing factor to the earlier-than-expected sellout.
Social media was marked with the expected backlash, as many fans who had hoped to claim tickets at face value for the special seasonal event failed to even have an opportunity to buy tickets and will now have to contend with the resale marketplace for a chance to get in to the 4:10 PM game between the Indians and the Kansas City Royals on Friday, April 6, the start of a home-opening ten-game homestand.
For those who will now have to go that route to secure their tickets, the organization reminds fans that all tickets posted on the secondary market for resale should only be purchased from StubHub, the exclusive secondary ticket provider of the Cleveland Indians. Tickets purchased from any other secondary market vendor can be revoked at any time. At the time of this story, the cheapest tickets available on StubHub for the game were standing room tickets for $119. Prices ranged all the way to $585 for a pair of Diamond Box seats in row F of section 144.
In the same press release, the Indians also announced that the lower bowl for many of the summer weekend contests are also sold out or are down to limited seating.
Tickets for the remaining 80 games will go on sale to the public online at Indians.com on Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM. Tickets can be purchased at the Progressive Field Box Ticket Office or at the Team Shop beginning Monday, March 19.
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