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Indians' Attendance Troubles Coming To A Boil After Low Numbers In Recent Homestand
Published September 16, 2013
CONCERNS ARE GROWING: In Cleveland, Brent Larkin wrote discussions of poor attendance at Indians games have been "largely confined to the sports pages and baseball-related chatter." But the concern "has now spread to government buildings, corporate boardrooms and downtown businesses." One government official said, “We should be worried. And if it continues next year, we should be extremely worried.” Larkin noted fans have complained "for years about the Dolan family’s spending habits." While that "changed this year," fans "haven’t bought in." Larkin: "If this is the new normal, then another crisis over the Indians future here is inevitable" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/15).