Originally Posted by jhc2010
You're just figuring that out now?
The Reds have the ability to draw fans from a wide geographical radius. The Reds have fans in Columbus, Louisville, Indianapolis, and plenty of other places around the area. Miami has ocean on three sides of their city so there are far fewer fans that could go to the games.
People showed up in droves for their playoff runs. People show up for Dolphins games when they field a good team. Good organizations will draw people, even in the desert, or in Canada.
Look at the Nats. This is what, fourth go around in D.C., mitigated disasters the prior two times, and they struggled in their first few years. Then they become a well run org., and voile, their shiny new ballpark is filled up. The Reds recent history is a similar story.
The key is well run organization. Market size is making an excuse for the inexcusable.