Phillies look to smash attendance mark - Philadelphia News

August 7, 2008 4:21:28 PM PDT
The Phillies played an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park, and once again, they played before a packed house. We're getting used to seeing sell-outs in South Philadelphia, just what management was hoping when the park opened.

It's been a sea of red and white at Citizens Bank Park.

"We've got the fever, buddy?we've got the fever!" said Sean Murphy of Doylestown, Pa.

The Phils are averaging 42,000 fans a game. They are on pace for 3.3 million fans this season, which would shatter the team's season attendance record.

John Weber is Vice President of ticket sales. He says the surge began with team's playoff run last year.

"We got off to the fast start, and that just propelled it to new heights," he said.

Winning helps. More tickets sold, equals more jerseys sold, ice creams gobbled up, and more beer consumed. Which theoretically means more money for players, and a better chance at winning.

"We were fans when they were losing too. But much more enjoyable when they're winning, absolutely," said fan Chuck Green.

With two MVP's on the roster, and a possible third in the making the Phillies believe they have a bright future, both on the field and in the seats.

"From my standpoint you need three things to be successful: passionate fans, a beautiful ball park, and players the fans can relate to," said Weber.

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