ANAHEIM -- Less than 24 hours after clinching a division title, the Angels had already sold 98 percent of available seats for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Division Series, which take place Oct. 2 and 3 at Angel Stadium.
As of 5:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, roughly 41,000 tickets for each of those games had been sold, according to Angels vice president of marketing and ticket sales Robert Alvarado. Tickets went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, but more than half of the total was previously sold through season-seat strips and other VIP pre-sales.
Game 5 of the ALDS still has "ample availability," mostly in the 400- and 500-level seats, Alvarado said. Fans looking for specific seating locations for Games 1 and 2 are being told to visit the Angels' ticket-exchange resale site, where authenticated tickets are being sold by season-seat holders.
Alvarado said the response for tickets this year, which marks the Angels' first trip to the playoffs since 2009, "is well ahead of expectations and rivals the demand from the 2004-05 postseasons."
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