Dodgers ticket sales are ridiculous, per Stan Kasten

Dodgers exec Stan Kasten has lots of reasons to smile right now.
Dodgers exec Stan Kasten has lots of reasons to smile right now. (USATSI)

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After storming back from a terrible start to win the NL West going away in 2013 -- not to mention coming within two games of the World Series -- it's far from shocking that Dodgers fans are excited for the 2014 season.

And, boy, are they excited. The demand for tickets is through the roof, according to club president and part-owner Stan Kasten, who spoke to media members Thursday night.

Among the highlights:

So let's grab some perspective on those figures.

First, the season tickets.

Dodger Stadium seats around 56,000, so the 35,000 season ticket figure would mean that the Dodgers were able to sell 62.5 percent of capacity to ticket-holders at an 81-game commitment.

Or how about this: Only seven teams in all of baseball -- aside from the Dodgers -- averaged more than 35,000 fans a game (Cardinals, Giants, Yankees, Rangers, Tigers, Angels and Phillies). Every other ballclub averaged fewer fans per game than the Dodgers will have sold season tickets this season. Eight teams didn't even average half that. 

On the three million mark in tickets for the season, only eight teams hit that figure all year in 2013 -- again, the Dodgers and the seven teams listed above. The other 22 teams failed to sell three million tickets all season and the Dodgers have already done so this season, a week before the first game in Dodger Stadium. Eight teams -- the A's, White Sox, Mariners, Royals, Astros, Indians, Marlins and Rays -- didn't even draw two million.

Staggering.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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