Originally Posted by Always Red
Cyclone, as I recall, you had said that you decided not to renew your own 20 game pack for this year.
Perhaps many other Reds fans made the exact same decision that you did??
It's a tough economy out there, and my guess is that most are waiting to see if the Reds are any good or not before coming down, spending $5 for a corner ticket and a buck each for hot dogs and pop.
I do agree with you to a certain extent- even for Opening Day (which I went to and for the 2nd game too) the place was only 2/3rd's full, and by the bottom of the 9th (the Reds still had a chance to win, only being down 2-1) there were only maybe 8-10,000 left in the stands.
It was a miserable day to watch baseball, but I was watching baseball.
I cancelled my package when the Reds made a decision to waive a white flag for 2009 during the offseason. My decision was one in which I was not going to reward the front office's lack of effort this offseason by committing money upfront.
Still, I attended 23 games last season and chances are I'll attend a similar amount this season. I'll just decide on a game-by-game basis.
The NL had 11 teams last season that averaged 30,000+ fans per game, and two more teams that averaged 29,000 fans per game. The Reds averaged only 25,415, and that included a big Boston interleague weekend series. I'd be shocked if they average anything near that this season.
Also, it's fairly obvious that even the [few] fans who do attend games mostly sit on their hands during the game. There's just little to no excitement in the park, even during competitive games that can go either way. I've been to enough other parks in other cities to know that this is pretty uncommon around baseball. There's just little to no atmosphere down at GABP. There are quite a few other parks around the big leagues where the fans literally hang on every play, every swing, every pitch. That's what GABP needs to be, but unfortunately it's the polar opposite.