Red Sox fans buy more than 216,000 tickets at 'Christmas at Fenway'

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox sold 216,257 tickets during the first weekend of 2012 regular season ticket sales.  The two-day sales period started at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, coinciding with the traditional Red Sox ticket sales launch event, Christmas at Fenway presented by Stop and Shop.   

“We are extremely grateful for the support our fans continue to show year after year,” said Red Sox Executive Vice President/COO Sam Kennedy.  “The enthusiasm for the 2012 season was palpable on Saturday during Christmas at Fenway as we introduced Bobby Valentine to Red Sox Nation and had appearances by players and members of our organization including Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, and Jon Lester.  We continue to work hard this off-season to field a team worthy of the support of our fans – something we never take for granted – and we look forward to welcoming Red Sox Nation home on Opening Day, April 13, 2012.”  
 
This is the seventh Christmas at Fenway in a row that the club has sold over 200,000 tickets during the two-day period since the event began in 2003. Tickets were purchased online, by phone, and at Fenway Park, and included Sox Pax and single game tickets for select dates in April, May, and September.

Opportunities are still available to purchase the very popular Sox Pax, which are four-game ticket packages in a variety of seating options, as well as tickets for numerous 2012 home dates in April, May, and September while supplies last.  The tickets and Sox Pax are available online at www.redsox.com, by phone at (877) RED-SOX9, and at the Red Sox Fenway Park Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Fans who require accessible seating should call (877) RED-SOX9 and the Red Sox' TTY number for hearing impaired fans is (617) 226-6644.  The remainder of the 2012 regular season tickets for Red Sox home games will go on sale on a date to be announced after the first of the year.

Fans were selected by random drawing to attend the 2011 Christmas at Fenway presented by Stop & Shop event, now in its ninth year.  Winners were invited to come to Fenway Park during a selected time frame to purchase tickets and enjoy the entertainment.   

While fans were waiting their turn to purchase tickets, they gathered in various areas of Fenway Park for different events and experiences.  A number of Red Sox organization members stopped by to meet with fans, including President/CEO Larry Lucchino, Executive Vice President/COO Sam Kennedy, Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington, Manager Bobby Valentine, current players Jon Lester, Michael Bowden, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway, Darnell McDonald, and Red Sox Hall of Famers Luis Tiant and Jim Lonborg. Santa and Mrs. Claus, and mascot Wally the Green Monster added to the family ambiance at the ballpark.  WEEI Radio broadcast live from the event.