It has been awhile, so let’s just get this out of the way. The Rays attendance is still lagging behind last year’s number. And with the Rays falling out of contention, all the Yankees and Red Sox games in the world aren’t going to save this season…

After 49 home games, the Rays are averaging 19,972 tickets sold per game, 27th out of 30 teams. That is down 8.3 percent from the same point last year, when the Rays were averaging 21,780 fans per game.

In 2010, the Rays sold 1.86 million tickets (23,025 per game). This year, the Rays are on pace for just 1.62 million. That would be the team’s lowest mark since 2007 (1.39 million).

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  1. Don says:

    The Rays had 29,000+ last night thursday_mid week in a dumpy stadium, and out drew at least 3 other major league cities....
    I didn't see any reporting by local media???whats up....

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  2. Gus says:

    If the numbers hold, the drop in attendance revenue is about $4.8M (based on the $20 a head number used as an estmate by teams -- includes parking/concessions).

    Considering the fact that Sternberg cut the payroll by $30M plus, you'd have to think they are dancing the streets of Rye, NY when they look at these numbers.

    Gin & Tonics for everyone at the club, Muffy!!

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  3. Jordi says:

    Can we get a breakdown on the 6:40 games vs the 7:10 games? Has that experiment worked?
    Parking has also gotten more expensive. That's not helping much.

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  4. Michael says:

    Twenty dollars per head? That's pretty low. Parking and ticket alone is twenty dollars for the cheapest possible game and seat.

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    • Jordi says:

      Parking at the stadium is nearly always $15-20. I'm only saying at the stadium, not independent or city parking. Tickets in cheap seats range from 9-19. So for a Rays - Yankees/Red Sox game you are paying 39, minimum.

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    • Des from Durham says:

      $20 is what people use as the estimator -- the Deadspin documents showed it was close for the Rays (who may be a little lower). Takes into account ticket discounting, group sales, no shows, etc. I think it is close enough for these purposes to demonstrate that the Rays attendance dip pales in comparison to the the slashing of the payroll.

      You win Sternberg. You always do.

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  5. Tampa is hurting as an area, economically. And parking is expensive, near the stadium.
    If I were going to drive from Tampa for a game, I would take Joe's Express Limo from Leroy Selmon's!

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  6. Amanda says:

    How does the Rays' percentage decrease compare to the league's percentage decrease?

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