The Los Angeles Rams received more than 45,000 deposits for season tickets during the first two days they could be made, the team announced.
The team plans to keep accepting refundable $100 deposits for season tickets through Feb. 8, pending availability.
“We could not be more pleased by Los Angeles’ passion for the return of the Rams,” Chief Operating Office Kevin Demoff said Wednesday.
“It is evident that our fans are excited to be part of history this year in the Coliseum and their energy is fueling our organization as we begin to build our new stadium in Inglewood.”
The team began accepting deposits at 10 a.m. Monday at WelcomeHomeRams.com for the chance to purchase season tickets, with Basketball Hall of Famer turned entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson the first to make a deposit.
More than 5,000 deposits were placed within the first five minutes and more than 8,000 in the first 45 minutes, according to the team.
Fans making deposits to secure a priority opportunity to purchase Rams season tickets for the 2016 season at the Coliseum will also receive a guaranteed spot on the official waiting list for the team’s still-to-be-built stadium in Inglewood, which is supposed to open in time for the 2019 season, access to 2016 single-game tickets and any available ticket packages before the general public; exclusive access to season tickets during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, if available; and exclusive access to official team events, content and giveaways.
The cost of tickets has not been announced.
“The ticket prices starting out this year will be very comparable to what we’ve had in St. Louis,” Demoff said at a rally at the Forum Friday.
“Our goal is to make sure that everybody who wants to go to the Coliseum… can watch the Rams return to play.”
Season ticket prices in St. Louis for the 2015 season ranged from $300 to $1,750 for 10 games, two in the preseason and eight in the regular season.
The Rams will play nine games at the Coliseum in 2016, two in the preseason and seven in the regular season, with one “home” game being played in London.
The team has not “looked at ticket pricing” for the Inglewood stadium, but “they might not be what they were in St. Louis,” Demoff said.
The Inglewood stadium will have a “personal seat license” program will be in effect for most seats. That program, which is used at many professional sports stadiums across the nation, requires buyers to pay a license fee — often in the thousands of dollars — for each seat, in addition to the actual ticket price.
According to the team’s website, details of the program haven’t been set, but “we do anticipate the majority of the seats if not all will require some type of a personal seat license with differing price categories based upon seating locations and amenities.”
—City News Service
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