Twenty-one thousand five hundred. That's how many seats belong to Red Sox season ticket holders at every home game. The rest of us are forced to fight it out for the scraps.
Getting Sox tickets can be difficult but as Fox 25’s Ted Daniel found out, not impossible. You just have to know where to look.
Tickets for the 2011 season first went on sale in January. And as always, they went fast.
If you are feeling shut out and street scalpers aren't your thing, don’t give up. There is hope!
Ron Bumgarner is the Red Sox vice president for ticketing, and he's got three words for you: "scalp free zone"
Little known, the scalp free zone is located at Gate C, right next to the sausage guy. Fans can buy and sell tickets from each other for face value; nothing more, nothing less.
A couple of things to keep in mind: it opens 90 minutes before the first pitch. Buyers have to go right into the park to keep them from re-selling the tickets on the street. And don't expect a lot of options before a big game
If you don't find the tickets you want at the scalp free zone and you’re willing to come to the park a little early, there is one more way to get tickets without dealing with scalpers in the streets.
A game day ticket window also opens 90 minutes before every home game at Gate E. The Sox usually hold back a few hundred tickets for the game day window. Fans can begin lining up five hours before it opens, but often seats are still available only minutes before the first pitch.