It's hilarious each year when spring rolls around. People in Cincinnati fight each other for Opening Day tickets. They'll pay out the nose for tickets, sometimes paying several times face value of tickets. For the amount of money some people pay, they could have instead gone to several other regular season games for the same price. They're also willing to camp out for two days for a chance to receive the last 2,000 or so tickets. Then they get excited to sit in 40 degree weather with wind and rain, the same type of weather that would make even a football game pretty miserable.
Every year is the same too. Opening Day comes ... and goes, and people in Cincinnati seemingly forget about the other 80 home games on the schedule. Where do all those "Reds fans" go? Must be back in hibernation until Opening Day 2010 ...
The Reds were 14th in the National League in attendance last season, and even with their Opening Day sellout in the books for 2009, they've gotten out to a quick last place start in NL attendance this season. While watching today's game, there were barely any people in the 500 level sections and even the lower level sections behind the plate were sparsely populated. It wouldn't surprise me if a few minor league teams outdrew the Reds today.
Date & Opponent Attendance
Wednesday, April 8th vs. Mets: 13,568
Thursday, April 9th vs. Mets: 17,837
Saturday, April 11th vs. Pirates: 22,276
Sunday, April 12th vs. Pirates: 12,876
Non-Opening Day Average: 16,639
How long will it take for their non-Opening Day average attendance to hit a meager 20,000?