On one hand, the Rays drew 2% more fans than last year, but it’s not “the extra 2%” they’re used to.
Also, while the Rays were right on the heels of the Cleveland Indians (19,797 avg. in a modern stadium) and Houston Astros (19,848 in a modern stadium), they’ll likely be lumped into the new stadium conversations with the Oakland Athletics this offseason after the A’s drew just 20,728 fans a game while winning their division.
We can also expect to hear more about the Marlins, who drew just 27,400 fans a game in their first season at Marlins Park. That’s a 44% boost from last year, but it’s also the smallest average in decades for a ballpark’s inagural season.
Cross-posted from the Shadow of the Stadium blog.