(BOSTON) — For 820 consecutive games, there wasn’t a seat in the house for Red Sox games at Fenway Park.
The sellout streak lasted for 794 regular-season games and 26 playoff games.
That illustrious streak came to an end on Wednesday as the team was unable to fill the stadium to capacity in an 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Both streaks were the longest in major professional sports.
“The streak is a reflection of a phenomenal period of baseball in Boston and of America’s greatest ballpark,” team principal owner John W. Henry said in a statement. “But more than that, it is a testament to the baseball passion of New England fans. As we close the book on this incredible era, we look forward to another with a renewed certainty that the next couple of generations of Red Sox fans will also be enjoying baseball at the ever magical Fenway Park.”
Manny Machado broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth with a three-run home run that won the game for the Orioles.
Closer Joel Hanrahan (0-1) took the loss for the Red Sox.
The official attendance for the game was 30,862. Fenway Park can hold up to 37,493 for night games.
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