If you’ve been planning to buy tickets to the Indians home opener against the New York Yankees on Monday, April 8, you’d better sit down, because I have some bad news for you. Those tickets went on sale this morning at 10 AM, and by 10:06 AM, the game was sold out to single-ticket buyers.
Considering that the Indians home opener has sold out for 21 consecutive years, including the last year at Municipal Stadium and all 20 years since the team moved to what is now called Progressive Field, the sellout comes as no surprise. But to sell out in six minutes? That’s something you’d expect for a Bruce Springsteen concert, not necessarily an Indians game.
Tickets are still available for the home opener, but only to those who buy full-season ticket packages. No doubt some tickets will also be available via StubHub or random street scalpers on the day of the game (I personally don’t recommend this latter method).
The Indians open their home season with a four-game series with the Yankees, the only time all year the Bronx Bummers are coming to Cleveland. Of course, the Yankees are the team that America loves to hate, and Cleveland is no exception. Yankees games always sell big here. But part of the reason for the fast sellout is due to increased fan expectations for 2013, thanks to the organization having signed some decent players such as Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, and having gotten Terry Francona, a proven winner, to manage the club.
Of course, the game will be televised, so you always have the option of checking out the action at your favorite sports bar, or in the comfort of your own home. It’s not the same as seeing the game at the stadium, but at least you’ll probably be warmer, and the beer will be cheaper.