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Chris Ilitch Promises Long-Term Ownership Of Tigers Amid Rebuild

The Tigers are in the midst of a 59-86 season and their lowest attendance in years, but Tigers Chair & CEO Chris Ilitch stressed that the team "would remain in family hands for the foreseeable future," according to Lynn Henning of the DETROIT NEWS. Ilitch said, "I am committed, and we are committed, to long-term ownership." Ilitch said that he was "'very pleased' with the job" Tigers Exec VP/Baseball Operations & GM Al Avila and the front office were "doing in rebuilding a Tigers team that is in a ground-up bid to return playoff baseball to Detroit." The Tigers this season will "not reach 2 million in Comerica Park attendance" for the first time in 14 years. Ilitch: "We knew when we went through a rebuild, TV ratings and attendance would be impacted" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/12). Ilitch yesterday also said that he "didn't want to put a timeline on when the Tigers would emerge from their rebuilding process" (MLIVE.com, 9/11).

TIGERS ATTENDANCE TREND
SEASON
TOTAL
AVG.
RECORD
'18
1,684,936
23,402
59-86
'17
2,321,599
28,662
64-98
'16
2,493,859
31,173
86-75
'15
2,726,048
33,655
74-87
'14
2,917,209
36,015
90-72
'13
3,083,397
38,067
93-69
'12
3,028,033
37,383
88-74
'11
2,642,045
32,618
95-67
'10
2,461,237
30,386
81-81
'09
2,567,186
31,694
86-77
'08
3,202,645
39,539
74-88
'07
3,047,133
37,619
88-74
'06
2,595,937
32,049
95-67
'05
2,024,431
24,993
71-91
'04
1,917,004
23,667
72-90
'03
1,368,245
16,892
43-119
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