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Astros set record for lowest attendance at Minute Maid Park

Apr 9, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

Minute Maid Park

Fan morale being extremely low in Houston coming off a 56-106 season is certainly understandable, but usually even terrible teams can sell a decent number of tickets for the first couple weeks of the season.

Unfortunately for the Astros that isn’t the case, as yesterday’s attendance was the lowest in the 12-year history of Minute Maid Park … by more than 4,000.

Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle writes that they drew 14,195 fans against the Rockies, which shattered the previous low of 18,594 and is just the third sub-20,000 attendance ever since the ballpark opened in 2000.

And the Astros actually won, taking the series versus Colorado.

  1. leerosenthall - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Pretty sad. Not sure the Astros post-Ed Wade are going to generate many comments here either, but I genuinely feel sorry for the loyal fans there. They deserved better.

    • polegojim - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Keep your chin up.

      You could be in Colorado where the Rockies org doesn’t even pretend to care.

      Fill seats and sell beer, winning is TOTALLY optional. That’s the Rockies way.

  2. stex52 - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    You keep thinking somewhere in here is a bottoming out point for the franchise. But the news just keeps coming in bad. It is a shame, because they actually did take two out of three over the week end. They had 43,000 Friday night. But the game was awful. They made four errors (official) and otherwise they looked nervous and unprofessional. Too bad, if they had won that game (gave up four unearned runs to lose) they probably would have drawn better on Sunday.

    When the continuing drum beat is “three more years to decency”, people start wondering what else to do with their entertainment dollar. They are in desperate need of something to change the narrative, or they are in for even harder times.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      stex: Go see the Michelle Brangwen Dance Ensemble at Photofest (113 Vine Street, just north of the north loop) on April 15 – there are shows at 6 and 8 PM. The great jazz trumpeter Tim Hagans will be playing along with Houston’s best jazz bass player Tom Helton, and it’s just a terrific modern dance ensemble too. And you can’t beat the admission price – free. Why, you’d pay ten times that much to see Hagans alone!

      Nyuknyuknyuk….

      But seriously, more details (and videos) at http://www.brangwendance.org. I wish I could make it out for this show but I am otherwise committed. So it goes. it won’t kill the pain of the coming season but it will definitely be an engrossing evening.

      • stex52 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        Thanks for the heads up. I bet the wife would love it. I’ll let you know if we make it.

        As you say, doesn’t solve the problem at hand, but lessens the pain.

  3. contraryguy - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    And the Tribe drew 10,500 on Sunday. Its a quiet Easter Sunday following several days of high-attendance openers. Not that Houston has much to show, but surprised by that gate? No.

  4. danielcp0303 - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Sad to see, but losing does that to a franchise. Although I think it was mostly low because it was Easter, there won’t be many fans in the stands excited to see Altuve and Schafer. Get a couple of franchise players, and the team will get a lot of support. We were all excited seeing Bagwell, Biggio and Berkman while they were here.

    • stex52 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      You are speaking to part of the point, too, daniel. I love baseball, but they compete for the entertainment dollar and they are not cheap. I won’t sit out there to watch a bunch of buffoons kick the ball all over the field or a bunch of bored veterans give it a half effort.

      I’m hoping that Luhnow can pick up enough rejects to start making them interesting (or at least somewhat so) ahead of schedule. Three more years will devastate the franchise.

  5. winkeroni - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    These three words, “Dollar Beer Night,” is all it takes to get butts in seats.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      And skulls in the emergency room.

    • dondada10 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      The ‘Stros might need “Dollar Beer Season” to keep attendance afloat this year.

      • Gordon - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        Thy could resort to other ginmicks. Instead of Carlos “El Caballo” Lee in LF, the could have an actual caballo playing LF. That is the type of creativity that would bring a smile to Bill Veeck’s face (if he were still alive).

    • rollinghighwayblues - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Crane’s trying his best of right now.

      “Ticket prices for more 5,000 seats have been lowered, and more affordable beer prices will be offered throughout the ballpark. And for the first time since Minute Maid Park opened, fans will be permitted to bring in their own food and beverages.”

      http://footer.mlblogs.com/2012/01/23/minute-maid-park-in-2012-cheaper-tickets-cheaper-beer-new-outside-food-and-beverage-policy/

      • stex52 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        If they put Alison Footer out there in front of the public more it might help. Now there is a “face of the franchise” a lot of guys could get into.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        stex- She definitely has that “babysitter” hot look going.

      • danielcp0303 - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

        “If they put Alison Footer out there in front of the public more it might help. Now there is a “face of the franchise” a lot of guys could get into.”

        Yeah…if you’re into chicks that look like Carrot Top and smell like cigarette smoke

      • stex52 - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        There’s a problem with that? :-)

  6. astrosfan75956 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I went to the game Friday and they have a 5 dollar beer which is 12 ounces and this is considered an improvement. If I’m going to drink and watch the game I will just stay home.

    • zfreak666 - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      What do you think they pay for that $5 beer? Probably less than .50 cents.

  7. sophiethegreatdane - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Welcome to losing, Astro fans. After seeing my Orioles fall on their faces for going on 15 consecutive seasons now, I can tell you that Baltimore management throws a small party every time they hit 14,000 in attendance (unless, of course, the Yankees or Red Sux are in town, filling the seats with all manner of bandwagon fans).

    Ironically, ownership refuses to acknowledge that the attendance wound is anything other than self-inflicted.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      What a waste that I still love you
      But I can’t forget the scars
      All your self-inflicted wounds
      Have made you what you are….

      Over the Rhine, “Oh Yeah By the Way”

  8. thekingdave - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    There’s a large portion of fans that won’t let go of the extortion to the AL. I’m still on the fence.

  9. qcubed3 - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Must be time for a new stadium . . .

  10. NFL In L.A. - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Change the name and logo to Houston Colts.

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