Originally Posted by sabometrics
In defense of Braves fans, it can prove difficult to sell out a stadium that big. 50k? I'd wonder if the Reds would ever sell out (sans Opening Day) if GABP could pack that many people in. Not selling out playoff games is bad though, I guess you can just chalk it up to that almost being a part of the regular season for Atlanta fans for so long.
Riverfront held 54K. I'd love to know if they ever didn't sell it out for a playoff game.
I blame it all on fair weather fans. Yes they made the playoff's 14 years straight so maybe the playoff's got too boring for people. But the population of this city went from 1 million in '93 to about 5.5 million now. That doesn't include the farther reaches of Brave Territory, just the surrounding city. Shouldn't be that hard to find 50K who want to watch a playoff game.
Then there is the transient issue as well. I have so many arguments with people over my disinterest in the Braves. Too me, a real purist loves the team he grew up with and no other, till death. Every other team is just a hurdle trying to stop my team from winning it all.