Here’s the headline: Baseball suffers attendance drop in first 2 weeks.
That AP story is comparing this year’s first two weeks to last year’s full season, reporting that average attendance is down 6.9%. It also mentions, towards the bottom, that April and September are the worst months for MLB’s gate, due to the cold weather and schools being open.
Without even knowing what the average attendance was in the first two weeks of 2008, this actually seems like good news. Total attendance is expected to fall six percent this year, to about 75 million. If we’re only down 7% in the first two weeks, despite how cold it’s been in every northern city, this would seem like a somewhat positive indicator.
If someone has a day-by-day attendance database already set up and wants to run the numbers on 3/31 – 4/14 from last year, feel free to drop the results in the comments.
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