So far this season, the Rays have averaged just 20,002 tickets sold for the six games they have played against the Yankees at home. That is still better than the Rays’ overall attendance average of 18,287, but is well-below the size of Yankees game crowds we have seen in the past.
If this trend continues for the rest of the season, it will be the third straight season in which attendance for Yankees games* has dropped. And since the Yankees games averaged 32,293 in 2010, the average has dropped 38%.
But how much of a difference do these games make in the overall attendance?
If the Rays were averaging 30,000 per Yankees game this season, they would have sold approximately 60,000 more tickets this season. That would push their overall average to approximately 20,600 per game, good enough for 26th overall, just behind the Pirates (20,654). That’s still not good. But that would look better than 28th overall, which is where the Rays are now.
Obviously there are other factors at play here. And Rays attendance is down slightly in the last couple of years even without the help of the bandwagon Yankees fans. But this is another piece of an overall ugly picture…
* We did not include attendance figures for opening series games as those crowds would be large no matter whom the Rays are playing.