From time to time we are going to take a look at the 2009 attendance and see how the 2009 season stacks up against last year and whether the Rays can reach their goal of being average (in attendance).

Notes on the attendance follow the graph…

Notes on the 2009 attendance…

  • The Rays drew 1.8 million fans in 2008. That was the most since their inaugural season of 1998 when they drew 2.5 million.
  • The Rays goal for 2009 is league average which was 2.6 million in 2008 (the median was about 2.5 million). However, attendance is down overall in baseball and right now league average projects to be slightly less than 2.4 million (red line above) with a median of 2.2 million. The Rays would need to average 29,200 to reach league average and about 26,800 to reach the median.
  • Last year the Rays averaged 22,370 over 81 games. After 33 home games last year they were averaging 18,228.
  • This year the Rays are averaging 22,796, 23rd in baseball, and are on pace for 1.85 million, barely more than what they drew last season.
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  1. mrTr0ut says:

    Attendance average will increase, I believe, as the season progresses and the division race gets tighter. If the Rays can manage to sneak into second place here shortly, buzz will start again like last year and that will push attendance average up.

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  2. Amanda says:

    The last time I saw a story on league-wide attendance this season, the Rays were one of only 6 teams whose attendance has not dropped from last year. When you consider that the Tampa Bay area was the third hardest-hit area in the country for the economic downturn, I say any improvement over last year is good.

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