Sox Scoops 40.018: Season Ticket Sales Boom, Team Budget Increased

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Sox Scoops 40.018: Season Ticket Sales Boom, Team Budget Increased

Post by HoosierVic » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:00 pm

By Rick Mariotti
Chicago Sports Online

The only things selling faster than Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizzas in the Chicagoland area are Black Sox season tickets.

Team officials said 9,576 have been sold so far, and they estimate that total will nearly double (to 18,700) by Opening Day. That will be nearly 2,000 more than the team sold during its last season in Huntsville – and the increase comes even though the Black Sox raised ticket prices by $2 for the coming season.

“I think this shows how hungry Chicago area fans have been for the return of Brewster baseball,” said General Manager Vic Caleca. “Fan interest here is as high as I’ve ever seen anywhere, which makes us even more eager for the season to get started.”

Attendance and revenue-per-game projections are significantly higher for the first year in Chicago than for the past several seasons in Huntsville – even though the seating capacity of Black Sox Park will not be as large as that of the Opera House. The Huntsville stadium had a capacity of 40,000 fans, compared to 35,000 for the team’s new facility in Calumet City.

Even so, sources said the team is projecting attendance of more than 31,000 per game, compared to just 23,000 last year in Huntsville.

“I’m not prepared to discuss specifics, but we’re definitely bullish on both our attendance and revenue projections for the coming year,” Caleca said.

With good reason.

Front office sources said team accountants anticipate the team will take in nearly $250,000 more per game than it earned last season in Huntsville.

Indeed, owner Vinnie Vitale was so pleased by the financial projections that he increased the team’s budget by an additional $4 million for 2040 – from $116 million to $120 million.

“I think that’s Vinnie’s way of telling Chicago that he appreciates the support, and he’s going to plow those additional resources right back into the team,” Caleca said.

“If you’re not on the Sox bandwagon yet, we invite you to climb aboard. It’s going to be a fun ride!”

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Post by usnspecialist » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:42 pm

Ginos East>Lou's, I am just saying...
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Post by StormZ_23 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:16 pm

Went to Chicago last year and had both Lou Malnati’s and Giordano's. Don't remember which I liked more but they were both amazing.
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Post by HoosierVic » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:22 pm

I grew up in the Chicago burbs, and I’ve had Malnati’s, Gino’s, Giordano’s and Uno’s ... my personal favorite is Malnati’s, but all of them are miraculous ...

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Re: Sox Scoops 40.018: Season Ticket Sales Boom, Team Budget Increased

Post by usnspecialist » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:48 pm

HoosierVic wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:22 pm
I grew up in the Chicago burbs, and I’ve had Malnati’s, Gino’s, Giordano’s and Uno’s ... my personal favorite is Malnati’s, but all of them are miraculous ...
born and raised in Wheaton here. Never get Uno's when I am in town because that is the export version but that is often the only place outside of that area which does deep dish.

Also shout-out to Connie's for somehow managing to get the contract for all of the stadiums/arenas there.
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Post by RonCo » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:39 am

I really need to get back to Chicago.
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Post by Lane » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:30 am

Sounds like we need a Brewster gathering in Chicago for 2020.
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usnspecialist wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:48 pm
HoosierVic wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:22 pm
I grew up in the Chicago burbs, and I’ve had Malnati’s, Gino’s, Giordano’s and Uno’s ... my personal favorite is Malnati’s, but all of them are miraculous ...
born and raised in Wheaton here. Never get Uno's when I am in town because that is the export version but that is often the only place outside of that area which does deep dish.

Also shout-out to Connie's for somehow managing to get the contract for all of the stadiums/arenas there.
Grew up, went to high school in Downers Grove, went to college in Evanston (Northwestern), and my first job out of school was city hall reporter in Elgin - the chain I worked for owned the paper in Wheaton, too, so I used to get over there once in awhile. I don't miss the Chicago traffic; and a Portillo's opened about 10 minutes from our house here in Fishers (Indy suburb), which was major; but I do really miss the pizza. Indy has some imitators, but they ain't the same ...

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Post by ae37jr » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:18 am

We need to play in the Landis. Brooklyn VS Chicago: The Pizza Series

Personally as a kid who grew on the Jersey Shore. Nothing beats a Sawmill pizza.
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Post by HoosierVic » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:37 pm

ae37jr wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:18 am
We need to play in the Landis. Brooklyn VS Chicago: The Pizza Series

Personally as a kid who grew on the Jersey Shore. Nothing beats a Sawmill pizza.
Brooklyn vs. Chicago pizza would be epic, indeed!

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Post by jleddy » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:31 am

New York pizza is so much better than Chicago, it's not even close.

1. New York
2. New Haven
3. California
4. St. Louis
5. Chicago
6. Detroit
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jleddy wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:31 am
New York pizza is so much better than Chicago, it's not even close.

1. New York
2. New Haven
3. California
4. St. Louis
5. Chicago
6. Detroit
Fake news!

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Post by jleddy » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:48 am

FIGHT ME.
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Post by HoosierVic » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:50 am

You're just mad that Chicago won't put potatoes on its pizza.

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Post by usnspecialist » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:10 pm

jleddy wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:31 am
New York pizza is so much better than Chicago, it's not even close.

1. New York
2. New Haven
3. California
4. St. Louis
5. Chicago
6. Detroit
well that's just not right.
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Post by shoeless.db » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:10 pm

jleddy wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:31 am
New York pizza is so much better than Chicago, it's not even close.

1. New York
2. New Haven
3. California
4. St. Louis
5. Chicago
6. Detroit
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Post by HoosierVic » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:12 pm

usnspecialist wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:10 pm
jleddy wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:31 am
New York pizza is so much better than Chicago, it's not even close.

1. New York
2. New Haven
3. California
4. St. Louis
5. Chicago
6. Detroit
well that's just not right.
It's Ok. Joe was dropped on his head as a youngster. Just humor him ...

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Re: Sox Scoops 40.018: Season Ticket Sales Boom, Team Budget Increased

Post by jleddy » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:17 pm

There was brain trauma, I won't argue that but tests have shown I suffered from no gustatory loss.
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