The NFL has returned to Los Angeles, and the fans have responded with their wallets.
According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the Rams will inform fans on Tuesday that the full allotment of 70,000 season tickets has been sold.
With each person who made a $100 deposit able to buy up to eight season tickets, it took only 24,000 customers to exhaust the supply of season tickets. The Rams will make other tickets available to deposit-holders on a per-game basis. Eventually, a “very limited number” of single-game tickets will be sold to the general public.
“To sell out of season tickets in the first six hours upon our return to Los Angeles is both humbling and a reminder of how excited Angelinos are about the return of the Rams and the NFL,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff told Farmer. “As both Los Angeles’ first pro sports team and its newest sports team, the bond between this team and the community is evident and strengthening each day.”
The Rams will play at the L.A. Coliseum through 2018, opening a new stadium in Inglewood the following year. Eventually, they could be joined in Los Angeles by the Chargers or Raiders.
On one hand, the pace of sales suggests the market could support a second team. On the other hand, it’s surely tempting for the Rams to have all of L.A. to themselves.