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June 5th, 2012
Very soon, the Philadelphia Phillies' home-sellout streak, currently at 232 games, will come upon three years. Two factors have accounted for the streak: Citizens Bank Park is a gorgeous stadium, and the team has played sensational baseball. According to Joris Drayer of Temple's Sport Industry Research Center, demand tends to drop off when a new stadium loses its novelty and the team begins to struggle on the field. "The Phillies have had both factors come together," he says. "But at some point the novelty of a new stadium wears off -- people have seen Citizens Bank Park -- and this year we are seeing the Phillies players drop like flies" due to injuries.