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Rows Of Empty Seats Are Dominant Theme For MLB So Far This Season
Published April 18, 2011
ROCKY SEAS: In Seattle, Larry Stone wrote the Mariners' attendance trends are "as gloomy as the April weather." But it is "not like all the empty seats and record-setting low crowds at Safeco Field" two weeks ago "sneaked up on the organization." Mariners officials "had braced themselves for just that after sluggish season-ticket sales and a poor start to the 2011 season." Mariners President Chuck Armstrong: "We expected crowds like that, from our internal projections. Losing 101 games like we have (in two of the past three years), we expected lower attendance and are projecting lower attendance." Stone noted the Mariners "aren't revealing the figures, but it is believed they have sold fewer than 10,000 season tickets for the first time at Safeco Field." They sold "nearly 24,000 season tickets in 2002" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/17).
DODGING THE DODGERS: In L.A., Ben Bolch reports the announced crowd of 27,439 for yesterday's Cardinals-Dodgers game was the "smallest at Dodger Stadium since Sept. 29, 2004." The Dodgers "averaged 32,405 fans for the four-game series against St. Louis, 15,729 fewer than they did for their season-opening series against" the Giants. The attendance of 129,623 for the series against the Cardinals was the "smallest for a four-game series at Dodger Stadium since the Dodgers drew 124,392 for a series against the Colorado Rockies from July 21-24, 2003" (L.A. TIMES, 4/18).