Monday, May 23, 2011

May 23 Attendance Watch

Last week, the Rays did themselves a pair of favors when it comes to attendance numbers. Not only did they draw decent crowds to The Trop for a weekend Orioles series and a pair of weekday Yankees games, but the Rays also helped kill the Marlins' weekend numbers in Miami.

The "Sunshine State Showdown" drew 18,111 on Friday, 21,814 on Saturday, and 15,432 on Sunday. The Marlins' season average actually climbed to 17,180 after the weekend, but they also fell into dead-last in the MLB ranks.

As for the Rays, their 18,020 home average is off quite a bit from last year's numbers, but they still rank 27th in the league. Since most of the league's attendence numbers are down right now, the Rays aren't all that far behind the 22nd-ranked Blue Jays (20,752 average), the 21st-ranked Orioles (21,551), or the 20th-ranked White Sox (22,423).

But as long as Tampa Bay sports fans are still distracted by the NHL playoffs or HD television sets, we can still expect plenty of good seats available at The Trop next homestand.

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