The longest sellout streak in American sports has come to an end.
The Red Sox have announced that Fenway Park is not full to capacity for their matchup with the Orioles on Wednesday, breaking a streak of 794 regular-season sellouts (820 including playoffs). The streak began on May 15, 2003 and continued for nearly a decade, despite the addition of almost 2,000 new seats over that span.
A major league record, the streak nearly doubles the previous mark of 455 set by the Indians from 1995 to 2001. It became the longest in all American professional sports near the end of last season, surpassing the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers’ run of 814 sellouts in a row, including postseason games.
Though Wednesday’s contest did not sell out, the Sox still expect a crowd of more than 30,000 for the division battle with Baltimore, which began with first pitch shortly after 7 p.m.