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TeamBoone
03-11-2006, 02:35 PM
Saturday, March 11, 2006

Reds aim for 2 million fans
BY CLIFF PEALE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

The new owners of the Cincinnati Reds are counting on fans to help jump-start their rebuilding of the franchise.

Bolstered by a more favorable schedule this year and a "honeymoon" for new chief executive officer Bob Castellini, the Reds are projecting the sale of up to 2.05 million tickets this year.

If they sell that many tickets, it would be a 5.5 percent increase compared with attendance of 1.94 million last year. Since reaching a high of 2.36 million with the opening of Great American Ball Park in 2003, attendance has declined for the past two seasons.

The Reds wouldn't give exact numbers but said that, so far, the team's ticket sales are about even with the same point last year. That means most of the increase will have to come from tickets sold after the season starts.

"All will depend on results on the field," said Phil Castellini, Bob's son and the Reds' senior director of business operations. "For us, the honeymoon has been great, but it all depends on how the team does."

Along with things like corporate sponsorships and concession sales, ticket sales produce the revenue that would allow the Reds to increase player payroll. Bob Castellini has declared that the team will budget to break even and will start with a payroll of $60 million to $65 million. Adding about 100,000 tickets could add more than $1 million in revenue.

Tom Sandman of Westwood was at the ballpark Friday picking up a schedule but said he'll buy tickets later.

"That always helps," he said about the possibility of a fast start for the Reds on the field. "If they're out of it in August, I might not come back in September. But if they still have a shot, I'll keep coming back."

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westofyou
03-11-2006, 02:38 PM
"That always helps," he said about the possibility of a fast start for the Reds on the field. "If they're out of it in August, I might not come back in September. But if they still have a shot, I'll keep coming back."

See ya next year Tom.

Hopefully though there will still be some good baseball in those football months you'll be gone.

Falls City Beer
03-11-2006, 03:03 PM
I dig front offices that cross their fingers, say Hail Marys, and hope for the best. That's the kind of front office I like.

dougdirt
03-11-2006, 03:20 PM
Well, they have me for about 20-30 games a year. as for the other 1,999,970 tickets, well hope to see some of you guys there.

membengal
03-11-2006, 03:21 PM
Reds aim for two million fans...literally... by running out Milton and Wilson every fifth day.

Virginia Beach Reds
03-11-2006, 09:04 PM
I'm moving to the area, so add me to the 40 seats a year....

Goodbye Virginia Beach, hello Queen City.

flyer85
03-11-2006, 09:35 PM
I'm sure small ball will attract the fans in droves. Especially when the pitchers are giving up 5+ a game. Scrapping for 2 or 3 runs should be impressive.

KronoRed
03-12-2006, 12:38 AM
Good to have goals

I don't think they get near it with this staff, but it's good to aim high :D

Redsland
03-12-2006, 11:37 AM
I hope Bob mails out LOTS of ticket vouchers to school kids with good grades. And maybe a few to kids with bad ones. ;)