Originally Posted by oregonred
Makes sense. The Brewers benefitted by coming back to the NL and gaining the Cubs and 9 guaranteed sellouts a year.
Also I think the value of a retratable stadium is a lot higher now than even 10 years ago in the hot weather and cold weather cities. With the advent of cheap, large screen HD LED TVs, all the home games being televised and ever higher ticket prices across the board (and more importantly the absurb rise in cost of concessions over inflation especially if you have a family). Just not as much reason for many to take a chance on attending a live MLB game if the weather conditions are going to be at all a factor in detracting from the experience. Not most fans, but enough at the margin to matter.
My understanding is the Brewers have a lot of amenities in the immediate area and a great game day atmosphere. However, I still think the Brewers attendance is going to nosedive as the quality of the product on the field continues to occupy last place in the NL Central for the next few seasons (Seattle is a good comp).
Had opportunity to catch a game at Miller Park last summer and it is a great place to watch baseball.
The attendance concerns that most surprise me though, are AL. The Rays and Indians are both really struggling as they seriously compete for postseason spots. I just don't know how else to explain fans not coming out for a competitive team as with TB thought I guess with Cleveland might be a function of the local economy.