The 99-win Rays hosted the primary sport of the 2023 MLB playoffs at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The workforce fell 4-0 by the hands of the Rangers to kickstart the postseason and set an ignominious mark throughout the contest.
No, it wasn’t the 4 errors Tampa Bay dedicated throughout the contest. It was the attendance for the sport.
Tuesday’s sport at Tropicana Discipline was one of many lowest-drawing postseason video games that MLB has seen in additional than a century. In actual fact, when excluding the 2020 MLB postseason, which had restricted attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the worst-attended playoff sport since Recreation 7 of the eight-game 1919 World Collection.
The White Sox defeated the Reds, 4-1, in that contest in entrance of simply 13,923 followers. The sunshine attendance has been attributed to the truth that the sport was the Reds’ fourth dwelling sport of the World Collection — which was then a best-of-9 showdown — and that Cincinnati had largely offered tickets in three-seat blocks forward of it, per Jacob Pomreke. The Reds did not promote single-game tickets till just a few hours earlier than the competition.
Nevertheless, attendance in Recreation 7 could be far overshadowed by what grew to become generally known as the Black Sox playing scandal. Cincinnati received the collection, 5-3, amid claims the White Sox had been throwing video games on objective.
With that mentioned, the Rays should not be joyful to be talked about in the identical breath because the Reds, although they exceeded Cincinnati’s numbers from that Recreation 7. And Tampa Bay shall be hoping that their dwelling video games are higher attended as they give the impression of being to make a stable run within the 2023 MLB playoffs.
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Beneath is a breakdown of the Rays’ attendance for his or her wild-card collection with the Rangers and the way it compares to different groups throughout MLB.
Tampa Bay Rays attendance for Recreation 1
The Rays had a reported attendance of 19,704 followers for his or her Recreation 1 loss to the Rangers within the 2023 MLB playoffs. This was MLB’s lowest playoff attendance in additional than 100 years when excluding the pandemic-limited 2020 postseason.
Tampa Bay simply drew the fewest followers to their ballpark amongst groups internet hosting wild-card video games on Wednesday. The Phillies and Brewers noticed greater than double the followers than the Rays hosted at Tropicana Discipline whereas the Twins fell simply wanting doubling Tampa Bay’s whole at Goal Discipline.
Beneath is a take a look at the Recreation 1 attendance figures for every workforce.
Now, it is price noting that the Rays-Rangers sport began simply after 3 p.m. ET on a Tuesday. In order that performed an element in limiting their attendance. Nevertheless, the Twins sport began at 3:30 p.m. domestically but had been nonetheless in a position to practically replenish Goal Discipline.
So, the Rays’ low mark is not fully as a result of begin time. They shall be hoping to keep away from a equally small crowd on Wednesday afternoon.
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What’s the Rays attendance immediately?
The Rays are set to play the Rangers on Wednesday in a sport that can as soon as once more start at 3 p.m. ET. The Sporting Information will replace this part as quickly because the official attendance quantity for that contest is made official.
Rays attendance for 2023
The Rays making doubtful historical past to kickstart the MLB postseason should not be a lot of a shock.
Tampa Bay’s attendance has routinely ranked close to the underside of the league regardless of their current run of success. That’s, thanks partly, to Tropicana Discipline’s standing as one of many worst ballparks in baseball, a incontrovertible fact that the Rays try to rectify by constructing a brand new stadium in St. Petersburg by 2028.
In 2023, the Rays noticed a median attendance of 17,781, good for the fourth-lowest mark in MLB. That was forward of solely the Royals (16,136), Marlins (14,355) and Athletics (10,275).
So, whereas Tampa Bay will not be overly excited in regards to the crowd it drew Tuesday, the Rays can take some solace in realizing that they exceeded their common dwelling crowd for the competition.
And maybe they may be capable of draw higher as soon as their new stadium finally opens.
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MLB attendance for 2023
MLB completed the 2023 common season with a total attendance of 70,747,365. The league eclipsed the 70 million mark for the primary time since 2017 and attendance was up throughout the board due to the typical sport time dropping to by about 24 minutes.
Beneath is a take a look at the typical attendance for every MLB workforce within the 2023 common season.