Since this e-mailed letter from the Lerner family went out at almost 10 p.m. on Wednesday, we don’t have a lot of context or explanation right now. But we wanted to note that the Nats are announcing a self-imposed season-ticket limit of 20,000 seats in 2013.
As CSNWashington’s Mark Zuckerman noted earlier Wednesday, attendance at Nats Park is up 27 percent from last season, the second-biggest increase in baseball. The number of full season-ticket packages sold this year, Zuckerman wrote, is believed to be about 12,000, and is no greater than 14,520.
Anyhow, here’s the e-mail. It can also be viewed here.
Dear Nationals Fans,
As lifelong baseball fans and fellow Washingtonians, it’s impossible to fully convey how excited we are to see the Nationals success on the field while fans across the region embrace the thrill of a pennant race. With a solid pitching corps, sure-handed defense and a roster full of the best young talent in the game, the 2012 Nationals have generated plenty of excitement and a new attitude — or Natitude — here in the Nation’s Capital. Together with you, we are building something special...and the best is yet to come!
Few things in our culture unite family, friends and communities like the game of baseball, and we want to make sure that everyone gets the opportunity to share in this great time-honored tradition. With this goal in mind, we have decided to limit the number of season tickets available for 2013 to 20,000 of our 41,000 available seats. We are committed to ensuring that every fan who wants to see a live game at Nationals Park has the opportunity to do so.
Therefore, with limited season tickets available, those of you who don’t want to miss a minute of Nationals baseball should purchase your 2013 season tickets now! Additionally, this is the only way to ensure priority seating for the 2012 Postseason before tickets go on sale to the general public.
We are truly proud to be a part of bringing winning baseball back to Washington, D.C. The national pastime in the Nation’s Capital is a special part of our lives and we want all Washingtonians to be able to share in this amazing experience.
The Lerner Family
and the Washington Nationals Baseball Club