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Yankees Seeing Drop In Attendance In Wake Of Lengthy Opening Homestand
Published April 19, 2011
NOT COMING OUT TO SEE THE METS: In N.Y., David Waldstein notes the Mets' "miserable 2010 was followed by a winter of frugality that has not inspired a lot of ticket purchasers." The Mets through six home dates are averaging 30,738 fans, down from an average of 32,401 fans over 79 home dates last season. The team ranked 12th in attendance last season and ranks 13th this season. As of Monday afternoon, "thousands of tickets" for tonight's game against the Astros were available on StubHub, "including 33 directly behind home plate for $69 and service charges." Face value for those tickets is $134. For most Mets games, fans also "can get into the ballpark for as little as $3 a seat." SportsCorp President Marc Ganis said, "Those are breathtaking drops in value. That has to be alarming for the Mets" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/19).
BREAKING THE WRONG KIND OF RECORDS: In Tacoma, Larry LaRue notes the 12,774 fans that attended last night's Tigers-Mariners game marked the "second lowest" in the history of Safeco Field, with the lowest being last Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, which drew 12,407. LaRue: "Back-to-back crowds under 13,000? Yes, the weather was cold and no, two poor teams on a brisk April Monday probably isn't the strongest draw. Still, they've been playing baseball in this ballpark since 1999 and never had two smaller crowds" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 4/19).