Red Sox Set Regular Season Sellout Record

Fenway Park (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Fenway Park (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Red Sox lost at home on Sunday, but the team gained a different sort of victory.

The game was the 745th consecutive sellout of Fenway Park, according to the MLB. The Red Sox now own the record for the longest regular season sellout streak in major U.S. sports.

The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers had previously held the record, with 744 straight regular season sellouts spanning from 1977 to 1995.

The Sox’ streak, which began in 2003, is not without its share of controversy. As the Boston Globe reported in May:

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a sellout as “something for which all tickets are sold.”

The Sox embrace an alternate definition that permits them to declare a game sold out even if hundreds of tickets go unsold but others are distributed for free.

“I can understand the confusion,” said Sam Kennedy, the team’s executive vice president. “But we operate by a definition that is commonly practiced throughout Major League Baseball and professional sports.”

The Sox set the sellout record despite a lackluster performance so far this season — the team is now two games under .500 and last in the division.

In May, WBUR’s Curt Nickisch reported on how the team’s poor play was putting the streak in jeopardy, and causing ticket prices to sell for well below face value on resale markets.

The team set the regular season sellout record in the 100th year of Fenway Park. You can see all of our Fenway anniversary coverage from April here.

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  • Ben R

    This is bullcrap. I like the Red Sox but the Dayton Dragons have the record. The record set by the Trail Blazers was 814 and the dragons broke that last season and are still counting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=698378545 Nathan Lamb

    The streak isn’t contraversial. It’s phoney and contrived. The Red Sox have a ticket distribution streak, in that they sold all their tickets to scalping agencies. You can buy tons of Red Sox tickets for less than $5 on Stub Hub, so this notion they’re trying to put forward that it’s still hot ticket is laughable.

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