The Tampa Bay Ray’s attendance is dwindling year after year – and even $5 tickets couldn’t fill their seats.
The team attempted to bring in another wave of fans with a $5 ticket flash sale earlier this month. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 5,000 discounted tickets were made available for five home games, but the Rays only sold out two of those games. Their plan to ultimately boost this year’s attendance numbers failed. So far this season, the team ranked at No. 29 – just ahead of the Miami Marlins – with an average attendance of 13,662 fans per game.
Back in 2014, the Rays pulled in an average attendance of 17,858 per game, ESPN data shows. However, each year, more and more fans did not return to Tropicana Field, falling down to 15,879 in 2016 and 14,259 in 2018. The Ray’s overall attendance could also play a role in whether or not the team stays in Florida, as their lease at the field ends in 2027. The Rays aren’t actually alone, ESPN points out, noting that MLB attendance is down for the fourth straight year, as Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Minnesota joined Tampa Bay by setting stadium lows already in 2019.
Nonetheless, the team has a decent record of 40-25. They’re slated to take on the Angels this coming weekend before taking on the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics next week.
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