Random Baseball Attendance Stat of the Day

I heard this random note on the Tony Kornheiser Radio Show this morning and thought I would pass it along. Tony was discussing the Nat's new stadium and how attendace figures were lower than expected. In the course of conversation, it was revealed that the standards for attendance had been severely upgraded in recent years.

In 2005, the Nat's moved to Washington and into RFK stadium. Despite a 5th place team and playing in a run-down football stadium, they totalled 2.73 million fans, which placed them 8th in the N.L. It was only 7 years earlier, in 1998, that the fabled Yankee Stadium first exceeded 2.7 million fans for a season. Granted, there was added excitement of baseball returning to Washington, but in 7 years it went from 2.7 million being attendance figures of the World Champions and the most storied baseball franchise in history to that of being a middle of the road team in a crappy ballpark.

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April 15, 2008 at 11:04 AM

This is just another great statement on the state of the game. Despite all the steroids crap and the strike that killed baseball before that baseball, as a big time global sport, has never been stronger. For all the things Bud Selig has done wrong, I'll give him a good chunk of the credit for that.