But a Tampa Tribune story goes looking for deeper meaning in the numbers, suggesting a nearly 200,000-fan drop from last year signifies more Florida teams will head to Arizona for spring training.
This is an aboslute baseless assumption that neglects basic facts:
- Attendance was down significantly in Arizona too.
- Teams are chosing to play fewer spring training games than in previous years.
- Arizona stadium capacities are significantly bigger than Florida's.
- Few East Coast/Midwest teams would ever consider training in Arizona.
For a more thorough analysis of spring training numbers, the new Tampa Bay Baseball Market blog has been wonderful:
Tampa Bay Spring Training attendance trends updated w 2014 numbers: http://t.co/p5gVYjSYnM #mlb #Rays #Yankees #Phillies #pirates #BlueJaysFollow them on Twitter...they're a good resource for Rays attendance stats throughout the season too!
— TBBaseballMarket (@TBBaseballMkt) April 8, 2014