Re: Reds Attendance - A History
Thanks for the input, woy. Well done.
In spite of the quality of this presentation, I notice that the response is pretty slim and, to me, that is to be expected. I would guess that the topic of attendance is well down toward the bottom of most fans' lists of things to discuss here on the board.
Personally, I find it an interesting item to throw into the mix as we consider the what it means to be a Reds fan.
The 1962 season was one of my favorites because the Reds were trying to prove to the world that the 1961 pennant was not a fluke and they indeed deserved to be considered a team that belonged, that they deserved to be called a contender for the flag again. And they did well, finishing at 93-69...in third place but in contention all season and just missing out on the top prize.
Anyway, as a young guy with time on his hands, I followed them day by day and it was a great season...they proved they belonged and then some! The names of Robinson, Pinson, Jay, Purkey, O'Toole and Brosnan come to mind. There were some exceptional confrontations with the Dodgers.
Anyway, it wasn't just the team's on field performance that I followed. I recall that I also kept track of the Reds' attendance and hoped against hope that they could prove that they belonged on that level as well. I was pulling for them to reach the 'glorified' level of 1 million again as a home total. They drew 1,117,000 in '61.
I figured that with 81 home dates (this was the first year of expansion by adding Houston & the Mets) that, on average, 12,346 butts would have to be in the seats to reach one million. After every home date, I would calculate the total attendance and divide by the number of home games played to come up with average attendance so far that season.
But it was kind of a struggle to get people out to the park that year...maybe some of the Cincy faithful also wondered if the '61 team was a one-year wonder and didn't give the '62 team much credit. As it turned out, the 1962 attendance was 982,095 which was 4th best out of 10 teams. Not bad, I guess, but I thought the total should have been higher, all things considered.
By the way, I notice that woy commented that the Reds fans historically support only winners. Maybe so, but isn't that par for the course in almost all cities? Witness Denver now compared to the early years; Atlanta of the last few years compared to the lean years; Cleveland's ups and downs depending on their location in the standings, etc. I'm always a little puzzled when I hear the Reds fans singled out as 'only supporting winners'. With a few exceptions, I think that is to be expected.
I just checked and the Reds current attendance (including the game of June 17) is 880,999 which is a decrease of 19% from last year. And I have a feeling it will be all downhill from here.
Thanks again, woy.