Tampa Bay Rays attendance finishes at lowest level since 2007

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A crowd of 17,830 saw an absolute thriller Monday afternoon at Tropicana Field, the final home game (we think) of the regular season.

That brought the Rays’ season total up to 1,510,300 and their per-game average down to 18,646, the lowest since 2007.  That will once again place the team last in the MLB attendance standings, despite all the ugliness in Miami.

Everyone has an excuse: the dome, The Bridge, the mayor, etc.  But there’s also a preponderance of evidence all the attendance complaints are a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It’s a theory first addressed on this blog three years ago.  And with no new stadium in sight, there’s a good chance stadium criticisms will continue to rise while attendance numbers continue to sink.

Cross-posted from Noah Pransky’s award-winning Shadow of the Stadium blog.