Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Pirates.... sitting deep in attendance cellar"

Via The Biz of Baseball has a quick analysis of Pittsburgh Pirates attendance thus far this season:

The Pirates are an interesting case to look at. In 2008, up to May 21, six of 21 games at PNC Park (they had one rainout on 5/12) saw attendance below 10,000 (9,735 on 4/9 and 9,798 on 4/10 against the Cubs, 8,444 on 4/21 against the Marlins, 9,544 on 4/24 against the Cardinals, 9,788 on 5/7 against the Giants, and 8,805 on 5/21 against the Brewers). In 2009, they see four games with attendance below 10,000 (8,790 on 4/20 and 9,917 on 4/21 against the Marlins; and 8,482 on 5/4 and 9,775 on 5/5 against the Brewers). However, attendance is pretty much flat compared to last season (down 0.28 percent compared to last season), which sadly means with Florida and Tampa Bay increasing attendance, the Pirates well sitting deep in the attendance cellar.

and you need to realize those are season-to-date numbers itemized in the full post. What they say about more recent attendance is something else given that attendance early in the season was up significantly.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contract the Pirates already.

Sunday, May 24, 2009 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

Consider the following three facts:

1. The Steelers are now the NFL's premier franchise, having won more Super Bowls than any other.

2. The Penguins are destined for a second consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearance, and have two of the NHL's three best players.

3. The Pirates are about to set the professional American sports record for most consecutive losing seasons.

Who, other than a masochist, would pay to watch the Pirates when they could just as easily pay to watch the Steelers or Penguins? Pittsburgh can support the Pirates, but the Pirates need to support Pittsburgh first.

Sunday, May 24, 2009 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Infinonymous said...

Oh, we're paying to watch the Pirates fail (and their owners profit), all right.

A couple of hundred million dollars in taxpayer subsidy later, we have a lesser record, lower attendance and a lower payroll than we witnessed at Three Rivers Stadium.

Monday, May 25, 2009 1:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Timothy Murray said...

Sounds like it's time for the Pirates to get a new publicly subsidized ballpark -- you know, because that will make them "competitive."

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 2:02:00 PM  

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