The "letter of the day" was from a Rays fan in Sebring, approximately 1 hour and 49 minutes from Tropicana Field. An excerpt:
But the counterpoint letter came from a Tampa fan who didn't fault the Trop's location as much as the Rays' not-so-dynamic pricing:
Rays management has done a fantastic job getting the players to have a winning team every year since 2008. We actually have players kids can have as role models and look up to.
The Rays have a huge following on TV and radio. Support your hometown team and attend a few games. We want the Rays to stay in the Tampa Bay area but need the fans to come out and attend some games in person.
I can tell you where our family of Rays fans has gone: our comfortable and affordable family room.The Rays could lower ticket prices and get more fans in the door, but as this blog has written before, it's just not in their best interest to do that. True dynamic pricing would create very cheap tickets and selling 15,000 tickets at $20 a piece is still more profitable than selling 30,000 tickets at $5 a piece.
Our family of four, including 5- and 3-year-old boys, love and support our ball club. We recently took our sons to their first major-league game at Tropicana Field. The experience was memorable, and the hospitality at the stadium was amazing. Everyone, from the ticket takers to the ushers, was awesome. However, by the end of the night we had spent close to $300 for four hours of entertainment. Our family budget simply can't accommodate attending a game more than annually.
For more on what could be causing the drop in Rays' attendance, see the interesting theories posted in the comments section on this Field of Schemes' story.