Rays attendance down 2,583 fans per game compared to same time last year

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Editor’s note: The following is cross-posted from Noah Pransky’s Shadow of the Stadium blog.

Two weeks ago, this blog pointed out that the Rays’ modest fortunes in the attendance rankings may only be a mid-week series against Toronto away from collapse.  Well, that was a bad series at the gates.  And so was the ensuing weekend series against Boston. 

The Rays’ average attendance has fallen to just 17,936 per game – a couple hundred fewer than the miserable Marlins, who are 28th in the majors, and just 2,200 fans per game more than the last-placed Indians.

Believe it or not, the Indians are actually up from last year, and you can probably expect a much better summer in Cleveland.

But the Rays are now down 2,583 fans per game compared to the same time last year.

As for the Marlins, they’re down to 18,109 fans per game – more than 10,000 fewer than last year’s average at this point and – as Maury Brown tweeted – 453 fewer fans per game than they averaged in their final year of Sun Life Stadium!  Those numbers may rebound once the Miami Heat are all done, but fall and football season never treat MLB particularly well in Florida.

Either way, it’s just not a good time to be a MLB ticket agent in the Sunshine State.

PS – It’s also not a good time to be a contractor waiting for work on Sun Life Stadium.  Not only did the legislature deny Miami-Dade a chance to hold a stadium subsidy referendum, but early vote returns on the cancelled election indicate the team never had support for bed tax-funded renovations, despite what Governor Rick Scott would have liked to see.

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