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SBD/April 4, 2011/Franchises
Reds, Blue Jays Post Strong Attendance Figures For Season-Opening Series
Published April 4, 2011
ON THE RISE: In Toronto, Richard Griffin writes the Blue Jays' opening series against the Twins was a "good one" for the team, as they drew 110,683 fans at Rogers Centre. The series marked "only the third time since the turn of the century they've exceeded 100,000," and "both other times, in 2002 and 2008, were against Boston and both were on weekends." Griffin wonders, "How do the Jays keep up the impetus for the whole season, to the point where they average even just 30,000 per home date?" Blue Jays President Paul Beeston: "We have to make our players personalities, so fans can identify with the players' personalities. If they can do that, I think we've got a real chance. ... It's a quick fall to the bottom and a long climb to the top. I think we've turned the corner" (TORONTO STAR, 4/4). Also in Toronto, Chloe Fedio noted the Blue Jays are offering a Jr. Jays Saturdays promotion "to get more kids out to the ball game." The promotion "includes half-price tickets for the 14-and-under crowd and an invitation to run the bases after the game." When the weather "warms up, Jr. Jays Saturdays will include pre-game outdoor activities, including inflatable rides, face painters and autograph sessions with the players" (TORONTO STAR, 4/3).
INDIANS SEE RECORD-LOW CROWDS: In Cleveland, Dennis Manoloff reports the paid attendance for yesterday's White Sox-Indians game was 8,726, the "lowest ever at Progressive Field, breaking the mark of 9,853 set Saturday afternoon" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 4/4). The two games come after the team for its season opener Friday "featured a sold out crowd." Prices at Progressive Field "have dropped ... making it more affordable for a day at the ball park," however that "doesn't seem to be drawing anyone to the games" (WOIO.com, 4/3).