Last night, the Miami Marlins - in the second game of their second year at the magnificant Marlins Park - drew just 14,222 fans, a mere 38% of capacity. And who knows how many of those fans actually paid full price for their tickets - the Marlins were giving away freebies and half-price tickets as recently as last week to try and boost their gate numbers. But we already knew it would be a long season in Miami.
However, the Braves-Marlins game was merely the fourth-least attendend MLB game last night:
- The Indians drew just 12,663 against the Yankees on a 62-degree Cleveland night;
- The Royals drew just 11,697 against the Twins on a 71-degree Kansas City night;
- And the Mariners drew just 10,745 against the Astros on a mild 55-degree Seattle night in the newly-revamped Safeco Field against their former star, Erik Bedard.
- 4/9/12 - White Sox at Indians, 9,072
- 4/9/12 - White Sox at Indians, 9,473
- 4/9/12 - Royals at Athletics - 10,054
- 4/8/12 - Blue Jays at Indians - 10,518
- 4/10/12 - Royals at Athletics - 10,670
That's a significant number, especially considering the fairly mild weather across the country this spring. Fortunately for MLB, soaring TV revenues will render any drop in attendance relatively moot.