From time to time we are going to take a look at the 2011 attendance and see how this season stacks up against last year and average attendance in Major League Baseball.
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Notes on the 2011 attendance…
- In 2010, the Rays averaged 23,025 per game and drew 1.86 million fans. That was down 0.5 percent from 2009.
- So far in 2011, MLB is averaging 27,631 fans per game. That is on pace for an average of 2.24 million fans per team this year.
- This year the Rays are averaging 16,312 and are on pace for 1.32 million. That is 29th in baseball, ahead of only the Cleveland Indians.
- After 19 home games last year, the Rays were averaging 23,123. That means Rays attendance is down 29.5% from the same point last last year.
Do you want us to point out that the Rays have yet to play the Red Sox or Yankees at home? Certainly that has had some effect, but at what point does that stop being an excuse? Because the Rays do have to play other teams.
And what about the Lightning playoff games? Home games have coincided four times. If that is the excuse then you are saying this area only has enough baseball fans to support a hockey team. And that just ain’t gonna cut it.