Tampa Bay Rays finish season last in attendance


With a crowd of 17,909 for last night’s season finale at the Trop, the Rays finish the season last in MLB attendance, averaging 19,255 fans/game. This, according to the Shadow of the Stadium blog.

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.