With just nine home dates left, the Rays are now dead last in Major League attendance, averaging just 18,374 tickets sold per game.
Of course, six of the remaining home games are against Red Sox and Yankees, so the Rays are not likely to finish the season last. But there aren’t enough Yankees and Red Sox fans in the area buying tickets to hide just how bad attendance has been this season.
After 72 games a year ago, the Rays were averaging 22,919 per game. That is a one-season drop of 19.8 percent.
The Rays are also on pace to sell just 1.49 million tickets this season. That would be their lowest mark since 2007 when attendance was 1.39 million. That year, the Rays lost 96 games.