Last edited by Salukifan2; 05-25-2013 at 10:09 PM.
BTW-The bus is a TON of fun if anyone has a group going to a game sometime this season and wants to take it there. I loved not having to worry about parking, we got t-shirts, visors, snacks, and drinks on the way there, we could keep stuff on the bus if we didn't want to take it into the game, and going home was crazy relaxing not having to navigate the insanity of the post game crowds. I would highly recommend it!!
"I tried to play golf, but I found out I wasn't very good." -Joey Votto on his offseason hobby search
An MLB.com reporter asked what one thing Votto couldn’t do. “I can’t skate or play hockey,” Votto said. “Well, I can skate ... but I can’t stop.”
When I lived in Lexington, we left work around 5 and attended 20+ games per year, most of them during the week. Several friends of mine still do. I will say a radar detector helps. It's only 80-85 miles. You can make it easily if traffic isn't bad.
Last edited by Norm Chortleton; 05-25-2013 at 10:39 PM.
I live and work in Columbus. I've been to a few weekday Reds' games over the past few years, but I have to leave work an hour or two earlier than usual to make sure we get to the game on time, plus I might not get back home until 1 AM so I get less sleep that night. So if I go to a game, it's most likely going to be a weekend game.
Milwaukee has always drawn well, mostly because there is nothing else to do in Wisconsin but watch sports. Saint Louis are the Yankees of the NL. They both are outliers, and not good comps for Cincinnati. The Reds have never drawn well, even with the BRM. They were only averaging around 30K a game back then.
There really is no logical reason to expect the Reds to draw like a bigger market team.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
I'm usually back at around 1130-1230 depending on game length. As young as I am, it still gets me enough sleep. I certainly understand why those who have kids or want more sleep than I don't do it.
That 10 Million people within 2 hours does show-up significantly in the TV ratings though and I think the Reds next TV deal should be a huge jump in revenue and IMO is more important than attendance at the park. Major League Baseball is mostly a TV show these days and that's where the largest percentage of the revenue comes from.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
I think the points about the distance one has to travel to a game make a ton of sense.
It looks to me like the Reds are on track to have a great summer attendance wise. The Memorial Day weekend numbers weren't as good last year, for example.
Two things keep the numbers down for people within 25 miles:
#1, biggest of all, KIDS IN SCHOOL. Cincinnati is a family oriented town. For example, if you look around the day games during the week, it's probably 10,000 moms and their little little kids just spending the day out of the house.
#2, not far behind, WEATHER WIMPY-NESS. If it's going to be in the 40's or 50's people don't even want to plan to stay warm, they'll just stay home. That and the threat of rain and a night spent waiting for rain delays, it just goes against the grain of the mentality in Cincinnati of being 'smart' and 'practical' and 'not wasteful'. I think the fact that so many kids do go to games also makes the weather a double whammy during the school year.
Other cities have the same problems, unless they were smart and built a roof (Milwaukee). But I think the numbers are obvious and present the fact that Cincinnati is probably more extreme than most cities for being careful with the timing of their attendance.
The only thing that will bump the April and September numbers up are increased season tickets, (which will come when the Reds win the Series this year) and even then the TV shots won't show a ton more people in the seats.
I think Cincinnati is starting to believe in this years chances more than ever. I think Choo has most of what to do with that.