Tickets to the wild-card game at Chase Field on Wednesday October 4th went on sale to the general public this morning at 9am [though if you couldn’t find a pre-sale code, you really weren’t trying!]. One hour later, the team announced they were all gone.
You can still get tickets to Games 3 + 4 for the National League Division Series. I’ve already bought mine for Game 3. :) This rapid dispatch is in sharp contrast to the previous times the team reached the post-season.
On the last occasion Arizona was in the playoffs, 2011, Game 3 in the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Chase Field didn’t sell out until the afternoon of the contest itself. Game 4 never made it, seeing almost 10,000 unsold seats, with an attendance of 38,830. In 2007, for the Championship Series against the Colorado Rockies, there were still 12,000 tickets available for each of the first two games on Monday, three days before the series started. And in 2001, the team didn’t sell out any post-season games until the World Series. Game 1 of the NLCS that year saw a franchise playoff low, with only 37,729 there.
I think this speaks volumes to the way the 2017 Diamondbacks team have captured the hearts and minds of fans. It’s an especially remarkable turn-around, considering that a game in April 25 saw the all-time smallest crowd at Chase, with only 12,215 through the door for a game against the Padres. Yet somehow, the team will now likely have the biggest attendance since 2012, and there’s an outside chance of it being the highest since 2008. It will certainly be the largest increase in season attendance for the team since then.
Regardless of opponent, the atmosphere at Chase is going to be insane. Bring it on!