The Tampa Bay Rays’ postseason (PS) was not a ‘festival’.
ESPN, an American sports channel, cited Elias Sports Bureau, a sports statistics site, on the 4th (Korean time) and reported that the number of spectators for the opening game of the American League (AL) Wild Card Series against the Texas Rangers held at Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay’s home stadium, was about 5,300 more than the capacity. It was reported that the number of deaths was only 19,704. Excluding the coronavirus pandemic period, this is the smallest PS audience since the 1919 World Series (WS). According to ESPN, the audience for Game 7 of the 1919 WS match between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox was 13,923.
It is a predicted ‘disaster’. Tampa Bay entered the PS stage in second place in the AL Eastern Division, but was ignored by fans. The cumulative home attendance this season remains at 1.44 million. Except for its founding season in 1998 (2.5 million people), the number has never exceeded 2 million. It seemed to be successful in attracting audiences, exceeding 1.8 million people for three consecutive years since 2008, but it has not recovered after falling significantly to 1.52 million in 2011.
ESPN said, ‘This season, Tampa Bay had an average attendance of 17,781 people in its 81 home games. The only ones with lower average attendance than this were the Kansas City Royals (1.3 million), the Miami Marlins (1.16 million), and the Oakland Athletics (830,000).” He said, “We announced plans to build a large-scale baseball stadium.” Considering that it is difficult to fill even 20,000 people, it is too large.토토사이트
For reference, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, rivals in the AL East and popular Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, have home audiences of 3.26 million and 2.67 million this season. The Toronto Blue Jays, where Ryu Hyun-jin plays, has a home audience of 3.02 million, which is a big difference from Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay even lost the first game of the AL wild card series against Texas 0-4, with fans turning away. Starting pitcher Taylor Glasnow was the losing pitcher, allowing 6 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings. The batting lineup I trusted was tied up by Texas starter Jordan Montgomery, who gave up 7 scoreless innings.