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Washington Nationals Launch "Forget You, Philly" Ticket Strategy
 
  by: iradiotom - Philadelphia, PA
started: 02/04/12 5:17 am | updated: 02/04/12 5:17 am
 
Apparently the Washington Nationals would rather see empty seats than Phillies fans in the seats of their ballpark. Forget You, Philly is the new cry from the Nationals top brass. They've named the campaign, "Take Back the Park." The Nationals plan to prevent Phillies fans from buying tickets by refusing to sell tickets to anyone who doesn't have a Washington, Maryland or Virginia address attached to their credit card. So if Phillies fans want to invade Nationals Park for the opening series against the Phils, Stub Hub may be the only way.

Reported by Philly.com: According to a posting on the Washington Post's "D.C. Sports Bog" blog Friday morning, the Nationals plan on doing all they can to prevent Nationals Park from being invaded by Phillies fans this season.

"Frankly I was tired of seeing it," Nats chief operating officer Andy Feffer told the Post. "Forget you, Philly. This is our park, this is our town, these are our fans, and it's our time right now."

The Nats' plan to prevent Phillies fans from taking over their ballpark during the first series in Washington this season was implemented Friday morning.

Single-game tickets for the May 4-6 three-game set at Nationals Park went on sale Friday. They are the only single-game tickets being sold by the Nationals right now, and for the next month they will only be sold to people with credit cards tied to an address in Maryland, Washington, or Virginia.

Feffer seems really irked by Phillies fans, because "Forget you, Philly" wasn't enough.

"We've heard it enough, we've seen it enough, and I don't like it any more than anyone else," he said. "We're trying to build a team here, and nothing irks me personally or the people here more than to see another team's fans - particularly Philly fans - in our ballpark, holding up signs. That's not the way it should be. And I think we've got an opportunity here to do something different."

The "something different" even has a name. It's called "Take Back the Park."

 
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