No small feat: Schedule sold out for first time

9/15/2004 - Boston Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have sold out their entire 81-game
home schedule for the first time in franchise history.

The team said Wednesday it sold off the final scattered singles,
standing-room only tickets and obstructed view seats, all of which
are usually reserved for game-day sales.

Boston is the fourth team in major league history to sell out an
entire season, joining the Cleveland Indians (1996-2000), the
Colorado Rockies (1996) and the San Francisco Giants (2000).

"This remarkable achievement is a testament to the passion and
commitment of the fans of Red Sox Nation as well as a credit to our
exceptional sales force and ticket office," team president Larry
Lucchino said in a statement.

With a capacity of about 34,000, Fenway Park, built in 1912, is
Major League Baseball's oldest and smallest ballpark.

In recent years, the team's owners have added seating atop the
left-field wall, known as the "Green Monster," and on the
right-field roof.

"We are well aware that our loyal fans wish we had more seats
to accommodate them," Lucchino said.

If all 81 scheduled home games are played, the Red Sox will
surpass 2.8 million in home attendance, setting a club record for
the fifth consecutive season.

Weather permitting, the Red Sox will finish the regular season
with a streak of 145 consecutive home sellouts, dating back to May
15, 2003. The streak is third-longest in major league history
behind Cleveland (455 sellouts from 1995-2001) and Colorado (203
from 1995-97).