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Principal owner Mark Lerner arrived in Viera today.
Making his first appearance of the spring in Viera, Lerner said the team is "very close" to reaching its self-imposed cap of 20,000 season ticket equivalents, which is roughly comparable to the ticket base in 2008 (the club's first season at Nationals Park).
"It's pretty exciting that we'll have a chance to get there," he said. "It's been a terrific offseason. I think NatsFest helped fuel that, and obviously the great year we had last year. But we're really pleased how things are going. ... All I can do is compare it to last year, really, and it's a significant increase over last year."
The Nationals never revealed exact season-ticket numbers last season, but the base was believed to be about 14,000. It was about 20,000 in the first season at the new ballpark, still below the club's highest level (22,000 during the inaugural 2005 campaign at RFK