On May 12, 2008, the Rays began a series at The Trop against the New York Yankees. It was a Monday night. The Rays were only a half-game out of first place.
And the attendance was 13,932.
Fast-forward three years to May 16, 2011. Another Monday night game against the Yankees. The Rays are in first place.
And the attendance last night was 25,024.
A nearly identical situation and the attendance was 79.6 percent higher. Obviously that is the exception and not the rule. But it is something to hang our New Era caps on.
Attendance is not something that is going to blossom overnight. And it may never happen in The Trop. But there are signs that it can be much better than it is. And in at least some regards, it is already a lot better than it was.