If you win, they will come. This is what the Houston Astros are finding out right now.
During the 2017 playoff run, it was cheaper to buy a full season ticket package than buy tickets for any of the postseason games on the secondary market. For Game 5 of the World Series, standing room only tickets were $500 plus. Astros Fans were willing to fork out some serious dough in order to go to the games.
Now, fans want more Astros baseball! You saw that when Fanfest sold out of vouchers quickly, leaving some fans out in the cold. Ever since Charlie Morton got that final out in Game 7 of the World Series, baseball fans have craved more. With a team that was forecasted to be World Series hopefuls in 2017, there was only a slight hike from the attendance in 2016.
Attendance in 2016: 2,306,623 fans
Attendance in 2017: 2,403,671 fans
Because of the rise in attendance, the Astros were able to take on the money of a player like Justin Verlander to lead them to the championship. Now that they have their first championship under their belt, they look to be better in 2018. Jeff Luhnow and the front office has built a super team that people want to watch.
Expect further growth.
We may see a further uptick in the numbers of fans attending games in 2018. You will have the casual fans who will buy a ticket when they have time. Who wouldn’t want to go watch Verlander and company pitch? This team could challenge offensive records this year, all aboard the bandwagon.
According to Bob Nightengale, the Astros have sold around 19,000 season tickets. This is their highest total in 12 years. Doing the math, that’s the 2005 World Series time. That team featured Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt, Jeff Bagwell, Andy Pettitte, and Craig Biggio. If a team is built to win, the city will come out to support them.
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During the late 90’s and early 00’s, Houston was a baseball city. The rebuild caused some fans not to keep their season tickets, but a few fans stayed true through the process. The World Series victory was for lifelong Houston fans. But it also put them back in the spotlight.
With the way the postseason fiasco happened last year, fans are looking for playoff strips rather than the pre-sale process. If you didn’t get tickets then, then you had to pay the prices in the secondary market.
There may not be a sellout crowd every game this season, but a few more guaranteed fans in seats won’t hurt. The Astros won 101 games last year. This year, they are looking for more with the super-rotation and lineup
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***