SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants made baseball history Wednesday as fans flooded phone lines and the Internet frantically purchasing available tickets in under an hour.
Now on record books as the busiest hour in the history of Major League Baseball's Web site, MLB.com, the 14,000 individual tickets for World Series games 3, 4, and 5 at Pacific Bell Park were met by a monstrous demand.
According to Shana Daum, San Francisco Giants public affairs director, the web page Wednesday experienced one million hits per minute when tickets were posted – a significant traffic increase when compared to its normal 100,000 hits a minute.
“The interest more than outweighed the supply,'” Daum said. “Fans were understandably frustrated but the demand was just too great.”
While Daum sympathizes with disappointed fans, she noted that you don't need to be a ticket holder to celebrate postseason longevity.
“We want everyone to be a part of the experience. Through pre-game rallies in the city and at the park, we have established a number of avenues for the community to appreciate Giants baseball,” Daum said.
The World Series gets under way in Anaheim Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with game 2 the following day. The Giants will host games 3 and 4 on Oct. 22 and 23. If necessary, a fifth game in San Francisco is scheduled for October 24.