The longest sellout streak in MLB history officially came to an end on Wednesday.
The Red Sox sold out their 456th consecutive home game on Sept. 8, 2008, breaking the record held by the Cleveland Indians. The Indians had sold out 455 consecutive games between 1995 and 2001.
The Sox would extend their record by another 336 games, reaching No. 792 on their home opener on Monday.
According to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe, however, that streak was to finally end on Wednesday. The Sox had only sold approximately 30,000 tickets, well short of the current capacity of 37,499.
Just what was it exactly that led to the nearly 10-year run of consecutive sellouts? Well, a combination of events transpired to make that happen.
For one, the fact that Fenway Park is the oldest park in the majors didn't hurt. Its standing as a member of the National Register of Historic Places doesn't hurt, either.
The fact that the Red Sox have been competitive each year since the beginning of the streak—save for last season—helped prolong the streak as well.
It also didn't hurt that the Red Sox routinely gave away free tickets in order to keep their streak alive.
It was highly unlikely they would have chosen to give away close to 7,000 free tickets on Wednesday for the sake of the streak, and ultimately that did not occur.
Despite the streak coming to an end, Fenway Park is still an incredible venue in which to watch a game.
Here are five reasons why Fenway Park is still one of the best ballparks in all of baseball.