CLEVELAND — Attendance across the MLB is suffering, but following All-Star Week in Cleveland, the Indians are thriving in their ticket sales, according to a representative of the team.
The Tribe has sold 215,000 tickets and counting for their current 10-game homestand, including 81,000 tickets for their Friday and Saturday games against the Minnesota Twins, the team confirmed.
The Indians have had just five games with more than 30,000 fans in attendance at Progressive Field so far this season. The April 1 home opener against the hosted 34,519 fans, the June 7 and 8 games against the New York Yankees hosted 31,531 and 32,239 fans respectively and the June 21 and 22 outings against the Detroit Tigers hosted 30,717 and 30,103 fans respectively.
The shortage of games with high attendance levels makes this current spike in attendance a big deal.
Major League Baseball reported Friday that Play Ball Park, the interactive fan festival held at the Huntington Convention Center downtown, brought in the largest attendance for an MLB fan festival in the past 10 years with 149,513 attendees.
A six-game winning streak on top of the record-breaking All-Star festivities held in Cleveland has undoubtedly helped propel ticket sales.
The Tribe currently sits 6.5 games behind the Twins in the AL Central standings, following Friday’s loss to the first place team. The team could see an further increase in ticket sales, depending on their upcoming performances on the field.