Thanks for visiting our second monthly review of the particular Tampa Rays 2019 attendance. This awesome article will look at attendance in the Sun rays 13 home games played through May 6, 2019 to Might 31, 2019.
Total May 2019 Tampa Bay Rays home presence: 174, 716
Average attendance for each game: 13, 440
Highest presence: 25, 025 (2x) on Sunday and Sunday, May 11th plus 12th
Lowest attendance: 5, 786 on Tuesday, May 28th
Typical May game time: 3 hrs, 11 minutes (incl 2 additional inning games)
Highest attended collection: 23, 632 per game compared to Yankees, May 10-12
Lowest went to series: 8, 282 per sport vs Arizona, May 6-8
Complete Tampa Bay Minor League 04 attendance: 62, 175
Tampa These types of Minor League attendance per video game: 1, 110 (59 games)
Notice: TB Minor League attendance consists of Tampa, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Dunedin based teams within 30 mls of Tropicana Field.
Comparing Might 2019 with previous years
The next chart compares May 2019 typical attendance to other recent years.
Let’s companion the elephant out of the room initial. Yes, the Rays set the single-game attendance low on Wednesday, May 28th, with attendance had been almost as equally as low upon Wednesday, May 29th, by sketching less than 6, 000 fans towards the ballpark.
While that is not a good indication for the Rays at a micro degree, let’s talk month-long trends.
Right here is the team’s May attendance from 3 years ago to 2019, and the percentage associated with change from the previous year:
The Rays’ May 2019 average attendance improved 4% (565 more fans for each game) from their May 2018 for each game average.
Overall, Rays Might attendance was higher than it had been considering that 2016. Rays attendance in May 2019 was similar to attendance in May 2017, with several games attendance beneath 10, 000 and a series contrary to the Yankees on a weekend averaging more than 20K a game. In 2018, however, the Rays averaged over ten, 000 every game but failed to have a boost playing an ING East rival on a weekend.
Weekdays vs Weekends
Let’s look at the Sun rays May attendance on weekdays (Mon-Thurs) and weekends (Fri-Sun). The Sun rays usually have one of the biggest differences in Major League Baseball when it comes to weekday versus weekend attendance.
Might 2019 breakdown:
Weekday home online games: 9
Weekend home games: four
The Rays played fewer video games in May than average. This may be simply because they played more home games within April than average (possibly a good MLB attempt to reduce cold weather cancelling? ).
The following chart shows the particular Rays average May weekday presence since 2007.
The Rays weekday average attendance in May 2019 has been lower than it had been at any point during the Sternberg ownership. This is where the May twenty-seven and 28th games come in to try out.
The following chart shows Rays typical weekend attendance in May since 3 years ago.
Rays May weekend average presence in 2019 was much higher compared to their May average attendance within 2018, and their 2019 weekend break average was the highest it had been given that 2014. However , this is highly influenced by the weekend series against the Yankees.
Only the Rays May 31st online game against the Twins was not a weekend break game against the Yankees. All of the various other weekend games in May were contrary to the Rays AL East and Tampa-based rival.
If we look at the difference in between weekend and weekday attendance, Might 2019 had the biggest gain given that 2009.
As mentioned earlier, in May 2018 the Rays drew over 10K to every game, however did not enjoy the Yankees or Red Sox. In 2019, the schedule plus results were nearly the opposite. Hence the top increase in weekend/weekday percentage.
The Sun rays have always had one of, otherwise the largest weekend to weekday gear in Major League Baseball. This is explainable from the distance of the stadium to the fanbase. Monday through Thursday attendance is certainly impacted by traffic and time each to the stadium’s location and the hr fans are heading home following the game. Weekend games do not have exactly the same pressures and time crunch. Comfort counts.
While the media whooped and hollered about the Rays lower attendance on May 27th and could 28th, single games have a little impact on the big picture. The bigger effect is in public relations, which was mitigated simply by Rays President Brian Auld with his statement regarding the Rays record-low single game attendance and his perception in the area:
“We appreciate the support in our fans, and we believe that St . Petersburg, Tampa and the entire Tampa These types of region will rally around this fascinating and compelling Rays team. inch
The Rays obviously do not really want fans to panic. The group is not going anywhere this year, neither next year, and not the year after that possibly. I don’t need to reiterate the reason why Sun rays attendance is lower than the MLB typical, other than to say that all factors continue to be there.
As we warned last 30 days, May was always going to become bad. It is typically the Rays most severe attended month. To plot that will out, here are months ranked maximum to lowest in attendance within the preceding years:
Yellow = greatest average attendance. Red = cheapest average attendance.
Monthly rankings are usually averaged on the bottom of the graph. July typically has the highest typical attendance and May has the worst. Oddly enough, June and Sept/Oct have the exact same rank. This does not mean they have got the same attendance, just that during the course of the growing season, they have equally been better went to than May but not as went to as July. I will talk month-to-month trends at a later point, yet this is just to show that May is just not the Rays best month regarding attendance.
In May 2019, the Sun rays benefited the re-emergence of the Yankees as AL East contenders and also a weekend friendly schedule. This generates favorable factors for the estimated three hundred, 000 Yankees fans living in the particular Tampa Bay area.
Keep in mind, Yankees fans only have to attend 9 video games at Tropicana Field and 10 to 15 Spring Training games. There are around 750, 000 Rays fans within Tampa Bay. They have to attend seventy eight games at Tropicana Field.
Should you choose the quick math, that means in case each fan in the fanbase proceeded to go only once, 12, 500 Yankees enthusiasts would attend each game. For your Rays, that means 9, 260 would certainly attend each game. This back again of the napkin math is not too much off from average weekday attendance as well as the combined attendance of the Rays plus Yankees fans at Tropicana Industry.
Looking ahead, the Rays just have 12 home games in 06. Eight of those games are weekend break games and one weekday game will be Kids Camp Day. Although the Sun rays are playing non-division games, due to the heavy weekend schedule, attendance really should not be as bad as in May.
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