• What’s Not Up With The Yankees Attendance This Season

    Posted by on August 10th, 2012 · Comments (18)

    The attendance numbers in MLB as of this morning:

    Rk Tm 2011_Games 2011_Attend 2011_AttendpGm 2012_Games 2012_Attend 2012_AttendpGm Difference DiffPerGame 6
    1 MIA 54 963,435 17,841 54 1,533,897 28,406 570,462 10,564
    2 DET 56 1,701,910 30,391 56 2,112,313 37,720 410,403 7,329
    3 WSN 54 1,235,123 22,873 54 1,598,447 29,601 363,324 6,728
    4 TEX 55 2,025,593 36,829 55 2,387,934 43,417 362,341 6,588
    5 TOR 51 1,155,945 22,666 51 1,399,546 27,442 243,601 4,776
    6 LAD 58 2,123,174 36,606 58 2,399,384 41,369 276,210 4,762
    7 BAL 55 1,203,058 21,874 55 1,394,320 25,351 191,262 3,477
    8 ARI 54 1,310,340 24,266 54 1,496,239 27,708 185,899 3,443
    9 STL 57 2,165,485 37,991 57 2,358,309 41,374 192,824 3,383
    10 KCR 53 1,055,897 19,923 53 1,225,692 23,126 169,795 3,204
    11 OAK 60 1,123,913 18,732 60 1,238,928 20,649 115,015 1,917
    12 PIT 53 1,295,625 24,446 53 1,367,372 25,799 71,747 1,354
    13 CIN 56 1,562,321 27,899 56 1,634,793 29,193 72,472 1,294
    14 TBR 59 1,140,277 19,327 59 1,213,768 20,572 73,491 1,246
    15 ATL 58 1,658,730 28,599 58 1,707,187 29,434 48,457 835
    16 SDP 57 1,462,516 25,658 57 1,491,485 26,166 28,969 508
    17 CHC 52 1,915,348 36,834 52 1,931,534 37,145 16,186 311
    18 BOS 63 2,375,091 37,700 63 2,369,789 37,616 -5,302 -84
    19 SFG 55 2,301,792 41,851 55 2,294,865 41,725 -6,927 -126
    20 SEA 54 1,238,428 22,934 54 1,226,365 22,710 -12,063 -223
    21 CHW 55 1,372,889 24,962 55 1,340,235 24,368 -32,654 -594
    22 PHI 56 2,547,152 45,485 56 2,492,876 44,516 -54,276 -969
    23 NYM 55 1,657,973 30,145 55 1,600,427 29,099 -57,546 -1,046
    24 NYY 56 2,496,400 44,579 56 2,424,705 43,298 -71,695 -1,280
    25 LAA 52 2,031,136 39,060 52 1,951,316 37,525 -79,820 -1,535
    26 CLE 56 1,225,388 21,882 56 1,137,326 20,309 -88,062 -1,573
    27 MIL 59 2,164,671 36,689 59 2,064,491 34,991 -100,180 -1,698
    28 COL 58 2,091,814 36,066 58 1,964,107 33,864 -127,707 -2,202
    29 MIN 55 2,166,053 39,383 55 1,928,644 35,066 -237,409 -4,317
    30 HOU 56 1,483,741 26,495 56 1,197,524 21,384 -286,217 -5,111
    total 1672 50,251,218 30,055 1672 52,483,818 31,390 2,232,600 1,335
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/10/2012.

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    On one hand, thirteen hundred less a game doesn’t seem like all that much.  And, it’s rained in New York a lot this Spring and Summer.  But, on the other hand, it has to be concerning, for the Yankees, to see less fans showing for games now that their new Stadium is four years old.

    Then again, the Yankees also have the second highest per game number in their league.  And, that’s impressive.

    Comments on What’s Not Up With The Yankees Attendance This Season

    1. MJ Recanati
      August 10th, 2012 | 12:36 pm

      Something is weird here. The Yankees drew 2.49M fans last year and are at 2.42M right now? It would seem to me that even with a 1300/game decline, they’ll still end up right where they were last year.

      More alarming to me is that the Angels signed the biggest prizes of the past offseason and are STILL losing attendance?

    2. August 10th, 2012 | 12:39 pm

      Angels are down and Dodgers are up.
      Maybe Donnie Baseball is stealing the fans in LA?

    3. August 10th, 2012 | 12:40 pm

      And, the Marlins are proving that, if you built it, they may not come.

    4. Garcia
      August 10th, 2012 | 12:56 pm

      The Yanks aren’t going to finish too far off from these totals:

      The New York Yankees drew an American League-best 3,653,680 fans in 2011 and averaged an A.L.-high 45,107 fans per game to mark the ninth straight season that the Yankees have led the A.L. in attendance. New York had 20 sellouts in 2011, the most in the three-year history of the current Yankee Stadium.

      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20110929&content_id=25386600&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

      I have absolutely no sympathy for the Yanks and any drop in attendance they are seeing, I wouldn’t mind one bit if they had a million+ drop in attendance. The cost to go to a game is just eff’ing crazy. Eff them!!!

    5. MJ Recanati
      August 10th, 2012 | 1:01 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      And, the Marlins are proving that, if you built it, they may not come.

      They’re up 10,500 fans per game. Were you expecting something higher than a 59% increase from last season?

    6. MJ Recanati
      August 10th, 2012 | 1:05 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      I have absolutely no sympathy for the Yanks and any drop in attendance they are seeing, I wouldn’t mind one bit if they had a million+ drop in attendance. The cost to go to a game is just eff’ing crazy. Eff them!!!

      I don’t have sympathy for the Yanks either but I wouldn’t go as far as “effing them” for setting prices where they’ve set them.

      And, honestly, be careful what you wish for. A one million-plus drop in attendance would not be good for the team or the fans.

    7. MJ Recanati
      August 10th, 2012 | 1:07 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I wouldn’t go as far as “effing them” for setting prices where they’ve set them.

      I meant to complete the thought but hit post too soon.

      What I meant to add was that the prices they set were based on demand from the consumer. No one to blame for ticket prices but consumers themselves for agreeing to pay what they’ve been paying for the last decade-plus run of success-fueled inflation.

    8. August 10th, 2012 | 1:07 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      They’re up 10,500 fans per game. Were you expecting something higher than a 59% increase from last season?

      With the new park, I would suspect that the Marlins at least wanted to average 35K a game.

    9. August 10th, 2012 | 1:09 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      I don’t have sympathy for the Yanks either but I wouldn’t go as far as “effing them” for setting prices where they’ve set them.
      And, honestly, be careful what you wish for. A one million-plus drop in attendance would not be good for the team or the fans.

      Actually, it would help the fans who want to attend games. Less demand for seats, less hassle getting into and out of the park, etc.

    10. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 10th, 2012 | 1:52 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Actually, it would help the fans who want to attend games. Less demand for seats, less hassle getting into and out of the park, etc.

      Might be true, but, the Yankees would complain about that and demand to relocate to another location.. highly unlikely Yes, but when YES network can demand guys like me to pay and additional 70 a month for the right to see the Yankees in my neck of the woods, losing a million people might not matter!..

    11. August 10th, 2012 | 1:55 pm

      Yankees aren’t moving any time soon in the next 50 years.

    12. MJ Recanati
      August 10th, 2012 | 1:58 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Actually, it would help the fans who want to attend games. Less demand for seats, less hassle getting into and out of the park, etc.

      That kind of a precipitous drop in attendance would impact the fan experience in ways you’re greatly discounting.

    13. MJ Recanati
      August 10th, 2012 | 2:00 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      With the new park, I would suspect that the Marlins at least wanted to average 35K a game.

      Capacity is only 37,000. I highly doubt they realistically expected to host 95% of capacity every night.

    14. August 10th, 2012 | 2:22 pm

      OK, then, make it 31K.

    15. August 10th, 2012 | 2:25 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      That kind of a precipitous drop in attendance would impact the fan experience in ways you’re greatly discounting.

      How? In terms of seeing a team win?

      The Yankees win a lot now. And, yet, plenty of times I go and see them lose. Lately, unless Sabathia is starting, you can’t go to a Yankees game and feel confident that you’re going to get a win.

      If you only go to 5 or less Yankees games a year, which a lot of fans are forced to do now, you’re going to see some losses.

    16. #15
      August 10th, 2012 | 3:50 pm

      I can easily see +/- 3% being at least somewhat attributable to weather. Note the Metamucils are down just about as many people (but at a slightly larger % drop).

      Stay in the race, keep winning and we’ll be right around flat with last year by the end of the season.

      Also, I think we’ve got more home games remaining with the Botox than we had at this time last year. That’s a typically few more fannies than for your average game.

      With respect to prices.. Yep they are high. But I’d also say you guys that live in the area take it for granted. I make one weekend trip a year to NYC and try to catch 3 games every time. Cheap? No. Worth it? You bet. Three cheers to the Astro’s moving to the AL!! After all these years of interleague play, the Yankees have made exactly 1 (count ‘em 1) trip to Houston, I’ll get to see a few more Yankee games in person every year now.

    17. 77yankees
      August 10th, 2012 | 6:46 pm

      #15 wrote:

      After all these years of interleague play, the Yankees have made exactly 1 (count ‘em 1) trip to Houston.

      That’s one more than the Dodgers have made to Yankee Stadium.

    18. August 11th, 2012 | 1:33 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      With respect to the attendance in Miami, like the old song goes, “there’s lots and lots of trouble in River City”. The residents of the city wanted nothing to do with a new stadium, but it got built on the taxpayers nickel anyhow. The old Marlins hit 3 million in their first season (1993), and dropped below 2 million the next season. There is nothing to suggest that the team isn’t headed in the same direction, this time with a new stadium and a 30 year lease in tow. Plainly speaking, it shouid never have been built. Both Florida teams are a box office bust for a variety of reasons, none of which have to do with the facility they play in. Now baseball has another weak market that will need to be subsidized well into the future, when contraction of both Florida teams made the most sense.

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