PHILADELPHIA -- The economy is slumping and so are many of the Brewers' sluggers. But that's not stopping fans from gobbling up tickets at a near-record rate.
The Brewres sold their 2 millionth ticket for the 2009 season on Tuesday morning, marking the second-fastest climb to that milestone in club history. The Brewers reached 2 million in sales on an earlier date only once -- on April 19, 2001 in Miller Park's debut season.
Last year, the Brewers set an all-time attendance record by drawing 3,068,458 fans, but didn't sell their 2 millionth ticket until April 24.
"Ticket sales have been very encouraging coming off of last season's playoff run," Brewers executive vice president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said. "There are still great seats available for most home games this season, but we recommend that fans prepare in advance to ensure they have their seats reserved at Miller Park all summer long."
The average attendance through the first 183 games in Major League Baseball was 30,298, slightly down from the same period last season. But the Brewers, bolstered by a season-opening series against the Cubs, have averaged 35,366 fans in their first six home games. The April 10 home opener drew 45,455, the second-largest crowd in Miller Park history.
The Brewers are stumping for fans to consider the season-ticket packages that remain, including two 9-Packs
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com.
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