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Poll: Who's to blame for the Rays' poor attendance?

Sep 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

The Rays only drew 12,000 and change last night and have averaged only 23,000 a game all year. Tell us: who's to blame?

My take is here, my compadre Bob Harkins’ take is here, now let’s have yours:

  1. flayankee - Sep 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    I don’t think it’s any of those really. It’s just such a long drive to the stadium even from Tampa. It’s almost at the water, you couldn’t have to drive any further really. Even if you lived in Tampa if you go to a week day game with a 7pm start time unless you leave at 4pm you are going to have a hour and half drive to that stadium with the after work traffic. I live a couple of counties over and only go when the Yanks come to town simply and ONLY because it’s such a long drive!! I’ve contemplated getting season tix and splitting them with friends (so I can go to all the Yankee games) but have decided it’s just not worth it with the long drive and traffic. Now, that being said if you moved them to near where the Bucs play (as has been suggested locally) then as everyone around here suggests you would probably see their attendance double per game.
    Just my viewpoint.

  2. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Sep 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    I don’t want to kill you, Gator. But I’m not sure I’d eat dinner with you, either, since my palate may not appreciate the cuisine. But bonus points for giving it a description so detailed that I’m tempted to try it, if only for the health benefits. Of course, I’ll wash it down with a cheesesteak.

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 28, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    And use the grease to make your hair glisten like Jeltz?

  4. flpunx - Sep 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Moving the stadium to Tampa will see an initial spike in attendance. Over the season, however, it will level off and we will all be seeing the same arguments in September. Everyone in Tampa conveniently forgets that people in St. Pete, Clearwater, etc (Pinellas county) will probably stop showing up if the stadium moves across the bay, and the people in Tampa can’t even support their football team enough to get their games on TV. There is actually an attendance problem with all 3 teams in the greater Tampa Bay area, but no one expects anyone to support hockey or football in Tampa Bay unless they are winning. What is sad is that people from Pinellas WILL support the teams in Tampa, but it’s to hard for people in Tampa to support a team in St. Pete. Last time I checked, the bridge travels in both directions.

  5. skp14 - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Folks, find a map of Tropicana Field and see how far people have to travel to the games. Many fans say its not safe around the stadium and it is a long haul from Tampa and various nicer areas to the stadium. The economy ain’t great either. If you have to choose between feeding your family and going to a game, I know which one most will pick.

  6. RickB - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Who thought that a team in St. Petersburg would draw? How about Jerry Reinsdorf, who came within a late-night vote of the legislature of moving the White Sox there? Or the owners of the Giants, who came so close to moving there that the National League released a schedule including Tampa Bay instead of San Francisco? People have short memories.

  7. Utley's hair - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Nobody is saying that the only people who can go to the Rays games are Tampans(?–and I made damn sure not to put in an o at the end there, so as not to piss off any residents of Raysville). So length of trip to the park doesn’t really hold up as a legitimate reason. It takes me anywhere between an hour and an hour and a half to get to Phightins games–NOT including prep time, which is considerable with a kid who always wants to take his hat, glove, binoculars and various and sundry other things (that only serve to make my car a target to be broken into), none of which is EVER in the same place.

    I think it’s a combination of Selig (since I also like to blame that douche for things, warranted or not) and MLB, the Big Trop (every damn time I see pictures of that damn place, I get carnival music stuck in my head), the Rays (for the same argument that the Giants and Jets should not be named for New York) and the fans for their lackluster “fandom.”

  8. Utley's hair - Sep 28, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Oh…and the damn cowbell most of all. That thing is so annoying. You hear them and look around for Lance Armstrong or his counterpart in skiing.

  9. Mr. Heyward - Sep 28, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    What the %$#@ is the internet and who are these $%#@ing Rays???

  10. Utley's hair - Sep 28, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    The Internets is not just like a dump truck where information is dumped. It is a series of tubes.

  11. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    I wish. Hell, I wish I had hair.

  12. Scene It - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    How many comments have been posted before this – 35? A Red Sox’r gets a hangnail and there’s blogging all night long! Guys – if you haven’t lived in TBay – you really don’t know: The economy is not bad … it’s tanked. Even when times were better – there was virtully no manufacturing plants, tech companies and very few corporate headquarters. Now that housing is underwater and the house “flippers” flopped we’re left with low-paying, temporary service jobs. Bundle that with fixed-income retirees and the feeling is the money is not in St. Pete, but TAMPA. To get to the Trop from north Tampa may take 1.5 – 2 hrs one way (longer if there’s the accident on the bridge). And there’s only one way in and one way out I-275. And the fans – very small and loyal, but they don’t stand a chance against the “transplants” that are not at all ashamed of striking their hometown colors – even at work. I know it’s pride, but being a local fan… you might as well wear your Rays shirt in NYC. I don’t know of any areas in the country that house people with such superiority complexes about where they came from while drawing a paycheck from a local employer. This is the perfect storm for empty seats. Also the TBay Bucs in their earlier days made their fortune by buying the lowest cost talent and allowing themselves to be the “creampuff” for the visiting teams (tourists were pleased and filled the stadium).

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