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Red Sox sold nearly 239,000 tickets last weekend

12.14.10 at 3:28 pm ET

The Red Sox announced on Tuesday that they sold 238,818 tickets this weekend at their annual “Christmas at Fenway” event and online. The event, which marks the beginning of regular-season ticket sales, had its second-best showing since its inception. The team sold 243,024 tickets in their first weekend of sales in 2008.

‘€œWe are incredibly grateful for the support our fans continue to show year after year,’€ Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Sam Kennedy said in a statement released by the team.  ‘€œThe enthusiasm for the 2011 season was palpable Saturday at Fenway Park with the introduction of Carl Crawford to Red Sox Nation and appearances by other members of our organization during Christmas at Fenway.  We continue to work hard throughout this off-season to bring our fans a team and a ballpark experience worthy of their support, and look forward to welcoming Red Sox Nation home on Opening Day, April 8, 2011.’€

The signing of Crawford and the acquisition of Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez likely played a role in the spike in ticket sales.

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