It was announced on Thursday that an extra 5,000 tickets will be available for both of the MLB London Series games between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
Those who had already registered an interest would have received an email providing the details, namely:
- Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 11 10:00am BST
- Tickets will be available in categories 6 (£120) to 10 (£30)
- Those who have registered for the mailing list will receive a link to access ticket sales 48 hrs prior to tickets going on-sale
It’s at least another chance for a few more UK baseball fans to get some tickets, although based on the initial experience you can’t help but feel some will not get their hopes up and may not even bother trying.
The announcement prompted a news story on ESPN.com about the London Series that included an interesting statement about the tickets that have been sold so far:
Fans from 44 different states in the U.S. and 27 different countries have already purchased tickets for the MLB London series, according to StubHub general manager Jill Krimmel.
“The appeal of MLB to a global audience continues to grow, and the overwhelming response for the rivalry matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox in London certainly proves that the sport has fans worldwide,” Krimmel said.
You might be forgiven for thinking what’s it got to do with StubHub bearing in mind that Ticketmaster UK are the official partner for the MLB London Series? The answer is likely a combination of StubHub being a legitimate seller of tickets outside the UK and also that so many of the tickets have ended up on StubHub to the frustration of many who struggled to get tickets initially.
More to the point, the comment goes to show one of the key reasons why MLB has brought the games here.
London is a desirable location that baseball fans from all over would want to visit alongside experiencing this unique event. I’ve written about it before but it bears repeating: UK fans have every right to be disappointed if they can’t get tickets due to demand or price, but it’s precisely the wide demand in a London Series (and the subsequent ability to charge high prices) that is why they’re here at all. Otherwise the first MLB games on European soil would be taking place at Hoofddorp, Netherlands or Rome, Italy.
Hopefully at least some dedicated UK-based MLB fans will be able to benefit from the extra 10,000 tickets that will become available.