Over at Business Insider, I took a look at what moving opening day up a few days meant for attendance in Major League Baseball. In short, opening on the weekend, helped MLB avoid the typical game two attendance drop many teams would normally experience.
This was true for the Rays also. Last year, the Rays also opened against the Orioles, in a Tuesday-Thursday series. That three-game set averaged 22,795 fans. This year’s opening series averaged 24,550 tickets sold, an increase of 7.7 percent from 2010.
Certainly some of that boost can be attributed to Manny-Fever. But having the opening series on the weekend was a nice way to keep the momentum of opening day moving forward. Now if the Rays could be a little less of a snooze-fest.