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Old 07-02-2013, 10:24 PM
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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You also have to consider the size of the metro area where the team plays. Of course the Yankees are going to sell 40,000 tickets a game. There's like 21 million people in that area.

If you're considering metro area/city size, I'd say the best ratio of that to home game attendance records are St. Louis, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Milwaukee outsells like 16 or 17 teams who are located in more populous areas. Cincinnati does it for 13 or so. St Louis, while still having a relatively small metro area of a little over 3 million is probably the most impressive, selling 40k+ per game.

So, you can't really look at a larger city that sells 99% of seats, like San Fransisco and compare them to say, Milwaukee who sells 75%. Honestly, with as large a fan base in such a densely populated area that the Yankees have, how do they only sell 78% of the stadium on average?
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:40 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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many of these stadiums are set up with some really convenient mass transit systems where you hop on a subway and it lets you off right at the stadium entrance.......makes for easier attendance.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:45 PM
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MLB team attendance is dependent on a few factors. Those factors are the size of the metropolitan area, the interest in the sport in that metro area(which is largely dependent on how good the team is), and the teams history.

The Phillies had bad attendance for many years after the 1993 World Series loss. When the Phillies opened Citizens Bank Ballpark in 2004, attendance went up to over 40+thousand per game and then back down to under 40 thousand from 2005-2007. 2008 when the Phillies had a playoff caliber season, attendance soured back to over 40+ thousand all the way into their playoff run. From 2009-2012, the Phillies sold out nearly all of their games(if not all). This season, they are back to playing under .500 and with that, attendance has gone down as well.

The Marlins are a interesting example. Throughout the 1997 and 2003 playoffs, they averaged more than 60+ thousand fans per game while only averaging less than 20+thousand per game during the regular season.

The Chicago Cubs are an example of a incredible fan base. In 1999 and 2000, the Cubs lost more than 90 games yet averaged more than 34+thousand fans per game in a Wrigley field with a capacity of around 40+thousand. In 2001, the Cubs enter the playoff race in the second half of the season and averaged 35+thousand per game. In 2002, Cubs have another HORRIBLE season losing more than 90 games, yet averaged 33+thousand per game. In 2003, the Cubs are in the playoff race again and average 37+thousand per game and 39+thousand per game in 2004 playoff race. In 2005 and 2006, the Cubs again had bad season yet averaged around 39 thousand per game. In 2007, the Cubs had a mediocre season in which they missed the playoffs, yet for the first time in Cubs history, the Cubs averaged over 40+thousand fans per game and in the following season, the Cubs again averaged over 40+thousand fans per game while putting up an incredible season in which they won the central division with 97 wins. THEN, into 2009-2011, the Cubs averaged over between 35-37 thousand fans per game after posting up four bad seasons.

My point is that every fan base is different. Some fans show up no matter what, some fans need winning teams, some fans need to see good players, etc.. In 2008, the MLB had nearly 80 million tickets sold and since 2000, MLB teams have sold over one billion tickets. The MLB has a long season, so if you want fans to show up, you have to be good.
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