Phils fans celebrate 100th consecutive sellout

CITIZENS BANK PARK - August 19, 2010

For the 100th consecutive time Thursday night, fans filled every seat in the ballpark.

Lest you think that's no big feat, it is.

Averaging more than 45,000 fans per game, the Phillies now rank first in the National League for home attendance, second in all of baseball, behind only the New York Yankees, whose ballpark is bigger.

"It's a real milestone for our fans and it's a great tribute to their loyalty and passion to have come out, really, for a year and a half now straight," Phillies Vice President of Sales and Ticket Operations John Weber said.

This has been going since the game on July 6th last season, the last time this team didn't sell out.

The Phils' success in selling tickets marks what many call a new era for the franchise. A World Series championship and consecutive years of winning post season campaigns is a sure formula for attracting fans, some of whom admit to being a bit fickle.

"It's Philadelphia, that's all I can say. We support our team if they're doing good, if they're doing bad, we're not going to come. That's how it is," David Kohnow of Mooresville, Pa. said.

A sentiment the skipper apparently appreciates.

"You're the best fans I've ever seen in baseball," Phillies manager Charlie Manager said before Thursday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

The Phillies have been serving up 100 straight games to a demanding audience, who've bought a ticket and are always expecting for a ride.

"And you're here for the team, the fact that you pull for us every night is going to help us get back to the World Series again," Manuel said.

That is a sentiment the capacity crowd appreciated in return.

Capacity at the Bank, by the way, is 43,651 fans, meaning, on an average night, more than 1,000 people don't have a seat and are content to stand just to hold what is arguably the hottest ticket in town.

"Just the excitement, it's just contagious when you come here and see the games," Rose Hampton of Doylestown said.

Though the Phillies lost the 100th consecutive sellout, they did win the previous two and then they are looking to win number 101, 102...

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