Tampa and Miami are last in their respective conferences in attendance per game. See earlier post:
Saturday, September 28, 2013 Attendance: 1963 v. 2013 - shocking differences.
That post contains numbers for this season and for 50 years ago. It's just the numbers. This post has some comments. Attendance in 2013 is based on tickets sold.
Miami has an excuse: the worst record in the National Conference (NC). Tampa is tied with Cleveland for the two American Conference (AC) wild card spots in the upcoming tournament with Texas one game behind and two games remaining. What gives with Tampa? Miami, when it was still called Florida, won the tournament in 1997 and 2003 only to disband both times and leave its fans with losing teams.
Cleveland has the second worst AC attendance. Kansas City, only recently eliminated, is fourth worst. The Yankees are first.
Yet the Tampa attendance of 18,464 is better than that of Minnesota (17,366), which led the old American League (AL) in 1963; Yanks were second. In 1963 San Francisco was second in National League (NL) attendance with 19,399, a little more than Miami in 2013: 19,260. In 1963 the Los Angeles Dodgers drew 31,341, which in 2013 in the NC would be 8th.
Top attendance in 2013:
Los Angeles 45,973
St. Louis 41,518
San Francisco 41,080
Top attendance in 1963:
Los Angeles 31,341
San Francisco 19,399
St. Louis 14,451
See a pattern? Pittsburgh, which last made the post season in 1992 led by Barry Bonds, will host the NC wild card play-in game against Cincinnati. Their 2013 NC attendance ranks: 11 & 10. 1963 NL attendance ranks: 8 & 7.
Sunday, March 29, 2009 Super League
I really don't care whether Kansas City has a MLB team. Nor Toronto. Nor Pittsburgh. I'm tired of junk like small market teams and revenue sharing. There's a reason it's called MAJOR league