17% of the Brewers' Home Opener is Already Shot to Hell
From coverage of this afternoon's Cubs/Brewers game, Milwaukee's home opener, in Friday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Truth be told, the Brewers and many of their fans would probably prefer a team other than the Cubs coming to town for the opening series of the season.
That's because the home opener is normally a sellout, whether it's the Washington Nationals or the Pittsburgh Pirates. Plus, Brewers fans would rather see their home park filled with Brewers fans, not Cubs fans...
The question...is how many Cubs fans found a way to get a ticket to the game. At times, Miller Park has been known as Wrigley North when the two teams meet in a series.
[Rick Schlesinger, executive vice president of business operations for the Brewers] said that for the three-game Cubs series, 9% of the tickets sold by the team came from people with Illinois ZIP codes.
StubHub, which is Major League Baseball's official secondary ticket provider, reported Thursday that buyers from 32 states had bought tickets to Friday's game. Seventy-five percent of them came from Wisconsin, 17% came from Illinois, and 1% each came from Iowa, Indiana and Michigan, among others.
I'll be looking for you 17% on the broadcast. Be loud. Be proud. And please let the vehicle you urinate next to in the parking lot after the game be your own.