Another Year, Another Weak Start for Pirates Attendance

Welcome to another installment of “Where are the fans?”   As we have reported in Policy Briefs or Blogs since 2007, Pittsburgh Pirates’ attendance languishes among the lowest in the league. Since 2007, attendance has ranked 28th out of 30 teams.  So far this season, attendance is still holding two spots above the worst level. Unless fireworks and special promotions over this summer boost attendance sharply from the current pace of 17,170 per game, the 2010 season will see only 1.4 million fans push through the turnstiles.  In previous years, there has been a pickup after school is out and game attendance gradually moved up to lift the season total to around 1.6 million. 

 

 

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Forget Baseball, Go with Fireworks

An attempt at a positive spin on what will be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ seventeenth consecutive losing season-the longest in major professional sports history-is that attendance is running slightly above last year’s level. A newspaper report notes that through 39 games in 2009, attendance is up 2.4 percent over last season and that Pittsburgh is only one of ten teams to have drawn more fans to date than last year. Overall, attendance across major league teams is down about six percent. But before we start singing "We Are Family", let’s take a more careful look at these figures.

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