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Wednesday, September 15, 2004
No small feat: Schedule sold out for first time

Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have sold out their entire 81-game home schedule for the first time in franchise history.

The team said Wednesday it sold off the final scattered singles, standing-room only tickets and obstructed view seats, all of which are usually reserved for game-day sales.

If all 81 scheduled home games are played, the Red Sox will surpass 2.8 million in home attendance, setting a club record for the fifth consecutive season.

Boston is the fourth team in major league history to sell out an entire season, joining the Cleveland Indians (1996-2000), the Colorado Rockies (1996) and the San Francisco Giants (2000).

"This remarkable achievement is a testament to the passion and commitment of the fans of Red Sox Nation as well as a credit to our exceptional sales force and ticket office," team president Larry Lucchino said in a statement.

With a capacity of about 34,000, Fenway Park, built in 1912, is Major League Baseball's oldest and smallest ballpark.

In recent years, the team's owners have added seating atop the left-field wall, known as the "Green Monster," and on the right-field roof.

"We are well aware that our loyal fans wish we had more seats to accommodate them," Lucchino said.

If all 81 scheduled home games are played, the Red Sox will surpass 2.8 million in home attendance, setting a club record for the fifth consecutive season.

Weather permitting, the Red Sox will finish the regular season with a streak of 145 consecutive home sellouts, dating back to May 15, 2003. The streak is third-longest in major league history behind Cleveland (455 sellouts from 1995-2001) and Colorado (203 from 1995-97).