"Even a bad day at the ballpark beats the snot out of most other good days. I'll take my scorecard and pencil and beer and hot dog and rage at the dips and cheer at the highs, but I'm not ever going to stop loving this game and this team and nobody will ever take that away from me." Roy Tucker October 2010
"I donít know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody".
I usually do it once or twice a year, but for the most part it's just a whole lot easier to do a weekend game where you're not running around like crazy to get there or leaving in the 7th or 8th inning to get home at a reasonable hour.
I'm with woy on this. Tons and tons of other teams to choose from @ Cincy, St. Louis area, it's, who?, the Rams? SLU? Mizzou? (lol). Please.
Ohio's a football state to the marrow; Kentucky and Indiana, basketball. Add in the fact the Reds have a habit of going on 2 decade skids of not just mediocrity, but total irrelevance, and there's your answer.
The better point of comparison is Pittsburgh.
I will say the Reds market the heck out of this team. And they run the stadium well too.
Lots of ticket specials, lots of advertising, and GABP is a great MLB game experience.
I think given the demographics and history of the area, they do well to pull in as many fans as they do.
Pay attention to the open sky
I can make it from my place in Southern Indiana to GABP and in my seat in two hours, and that includes the ridiculous backtracking west/east I have to do to cross the Ohio in downtown Louisville. I've thought about driving up river on this side and crossing at Vevay or somewhere further east just to try it out. However in a couple years it won't be as much of an issue as the new East End Bridge should shave about 30 min off a trip to Cinci from here.
Either way it beats the 4hr trip from east KY we made regularly in the 70s to see the Reds/Bengals games.
"I had a cigar in my back pocket...I didn't wanna break it." - Bartholomew "Bump" Bailey
Guys I understand the difficulties, but why is everyone concerned with St. Louis? I've been to a game there and it's a much better experience with an entirely different and dedicated fan base. My original post had nothing to do with St. Louis, it's more about why there is so much lacking in Cincinnati. The team is sizzling hot right now, as we were last year and we get these terrible crowds. How are guys going to want to play here when our college games draw more in one game as the Reds draw in an entire series.
Instead of comparing ourselves to an organization like Cardinals we should be looking at the Pirates as a closer model to us. Our attendance is pitiful besides being competitive, if we were under .500 would we look like the Marlins ballpark
Gonna guess players look at the pay check before the attendance
If we're looking at Pittsburgh as a model, the Reds look much better in comparison.
Overall, it shows how hard it is to consistently sell tickets once you've hit a low point. The main problem is selling tickets beyond what you sell as season tickets is almost non-existent.
If I'm going to two or three games/year, I'm almost always going to buy my tickets from stubhub. Unless the games close to a sellout, I know I'll get below face value seats. So the other factors which could potentially impact a walk up crowd are nullified.
Overall, the Reds are going to set a GABP attendance record, and so long as they don't A) completely embarrass themselves in the playoffs, or B)Do something ridiculously stupid in the off season, they'll be surpass this year's total next year.
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
College games?!? Tell me about this high-drawing college BASEBALL game that I missed. Perhaps you mean college FOOTBALL. If so, apples vs oranges... unless you want to tell all NFL teams they have terrible attendance too. This team was under .500 for many years and NEVER did it become like the Marlins. Nor is the attendance pitiful this year. It is middle of the road for all MLB teams. And when you consider market size and the economy... it is not so bad.
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.
Ive always wondered, if attendance figures are based on ticket sales or fans through the turnstiles. Every time I see STL on TV and they say a sellout crowd, but there are always a few sections with very few people.
Reds/Cards series drew huge TV ratings:
Two specific nuggets from the story:
1) Reds rank 3rd in MLB in regional TV ratings
2) Said ratings are down 11% from 2012
Thought this was applicable to a discussion on attendance.