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SBD/July 17, 2014/Franchises
MLB Rangers Seeing Big Drop In Attendance Just A Couple Years After WS Appearances
Published July 17, 2014
METS SEEING A SLIGHT UPTICK: On Long Island, Steven Marcus notes the Mets' home attendance "appears likely to rise over last season, when the team experienced the franchise's lowest home total" since '97. The average attendance last season was 26,366, and the club has drawn 1,278,686 thus far this season, an average of 26,639. Mets Exec VP & Chief Revenue Officer Lou DePaoli said, "Halfway through the year we have our slight uptick in attendance already. So, now it's a matter of what kind of hay we can make the rest of the season. ... You saw some pretty nice crowds toward the end [of an 8-2 homestand prior to the All-Star break] and I'm sure if the team continues to play at that level we'll see more increased interest." He added, "We can grow attendance regardless, as long as the team is competitive" (NEWSDAY, 7/17).