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Dodgers attendance is way down and still very misleading

Jul 29, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

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This isn’t exactly breaking news, but Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times has an interesting article about just how far the Dodgers’ attendance has fallen this season.

Dilbeck notes that their official attendance is down 8,100 fans per game, but even that’s misleading because the total is tickets sold rather than actual fans in seats.

While in California for the SABR convention a few weeks ago I went to two weeknight games at Dodger Stadium and the place couldn’t possibly have been even half full. At most there were 20,000 people there, yet the announced attendance was over 30,000 and the Dodgers’ listed attendance is 36,622 per game, which ranks 10th-best in MLB.

Dilbeck estimates that Dodger Stadium has been at least 25 percent empty “most nights.” In terms of revenue generated strictly from ticket sales that may not hurt the Dodgers, but it does hurt when it comes to projecting sales for next season and for additional revenue that comes from parking or food or beer or souvenirs.

That the Dodgers are a mess right now is obviously no secret, but the scope of the mess might be even bigger than most people realize.

  1. lanflfan - Jul 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Attendance is down because Dodger fans are tired of a broke, asshat of an owner. Fans have one way to speak to an owner: not giving him money. I still support the team, as all Dodger fans do, but it’s obvious many will no longer support McCourt. Trust me, the desire is still there (and will be duly shown once a real owner buys the team).

    • wandrae3 - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      Well its been a farce for years when they said they were averaging 3M a year when the stadium hasn’t been sold out as much as they state over the last few years. We all know that they have corporate packages which mislead all attendance figures and a city as big as LA masks it even more right now everyone is treating Dodger tickets like they treat LA Clipper tickets can’t give them away and until something is done about McCourt it will continue. Also, MLB had a big hand is this mess up from the beginning so start with Bud Light and lets really talk about how McCourt was allowed to buy the team even though he really didn’t have money, I hear it it’s call LAWSUIT. Well you get what you deserve unfortunately LA got Murdock then McCourt must be in the M’s,

  2. SmackSaw - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Great tickets available call 1-800-RealcoHolding

    • hep3 - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      Whew! Thanks for that info. I thought it was the Blue Land Company that owns Dodger Stadium that had tickets for sale. I think I also saw a crazy blonde lady hawking Dodger tix on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

  3. qcubed3 - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    I highly applaud Dodger fans for choosing not to support their team here. While it is unfortunate that it has to come to this, not attending (not watching on tv or buying merch as well) is the only way the fans’ voice can be heard.

  4. dogsweat1 - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Attendance will increase in Brooklyn!!!!!!!!

    • SmackSaw - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      They still don’t have parking. It’s why they moved in the first place.

  5. yankeesgameday - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Let’s get their parking, concession and merchandise receipts and compare them to this time last year. That will give a nice illustration of how much in ancillary game day revenue they are actually losing on a daily basis. My guess is its considerable.

  6. kingbuccaneer - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Can’t say I blame them. This guy HAS to go.

  7. Richard In Big D - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    When will we get past using the “paid attendance” figure as a barometer? I assume tickets are now scanned electronically at all MLB venues. The system used is capable of instantaneous accounting. Why not use the technology?

    • yankeesgameday - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Because MLB can’t handle the truth.

  8. dailyrev - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    I’ve watched them a few times this season and have seen the vast blue waves of empty seats. And poor old venerable Vin talking like an ancient forgotten genius in a nursing home. One day during an interleague game with the Tigers, Brendan Boesche (however it’s spelled) came up and Vin went into a long encomium to a 15th c. painter named Bosch (“if you’ve ever seen any of that guy’s painting, boy, you will never forget them…”). It was hilarious, but sad too in its way…

    • Jeff M. - Jul 29, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      How dare you mock Vin! He’s one of the few bright lights for the Dodgers this season. You take that back, good sir.

  9. smokehouse56 - Jul 30, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    Do you realize Vin broadcast the Don Larsen perfect game in 1956!! That was 55 years ago. And this guy is mocking him. Vin Scully IS baseball in LA and Brooklyn. Bite your tongue, fool.

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