Those are the attendance totals for the 2009 Yankees first five official home games in the new Yankee Stadium. Last season, in the old Yankee Stadium, the team’s attendance for the their first five home games was:
So, here’s the difference, from last year to this year, per game:
That’s an average of 5,854 less fans per game.
Now, reportedly, old Yankee Stadium (in 2008) had a capacity of 56,936 whereas the new Yankee Stadium has a “seating capacity” of 51,000. That’s a difference of 5,936 between what the old Stadium could hold and what the new Stadium can seat.
Isn’t that capacity difference of 5,936 close to the average 5,854 less fans showing up in 2009? Betcha that’s what Lonn Trost keeps telling the Steinbrenner Brothers…
I can just see it now…