Compared to other teams playing their first years in new stadiums, we are coming very close to setting an historic low for worst attendance ever (or at least in the recent generation of new parks since SkyDome opened in 1989).
Here, from best to worst, are the average attendance figures for all 18 parks:
|Oriole Park at Camden Yards||44047|
|Busch Stadium III||42063|
|Pac Bell Park||40973|
|Citizens Bank Park||39754|
|Minute Maid Park||37730|
|Comiskey Park II||36224|
|Rangers Ballpark in Arlington||30904|
|Great American Ballpark||29077|
To finish ahead of Bowden's Reds, Bowden's Nationals will need to average 26,867 per night over the final 8 games of the year. Monday night there were just 21,759 on hand and 24,997 last night. It's supposed to be 78 degrees and sunny all weekend, so I guess there's hope, but right now it's looking like we're going to set the standard for the least successful first year in a new stadium ever.
And just look at those numbers. Most of the teams on this list blew us away. The average average is over 37,000. The teams we're "competing" with at the bottom of the list are some of the absolute worst franchises in all of sports. The Tigers have turned it around, but remember where they were in 2000--in the middle of 12 straight losing seasons. The rest--Texas, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati--are all teams that haven't seen really any winning at all in a generation and have had meandering, awful leadership for years.
But just like Stan said, they're getting the attendance they deserve.