MLB: The Tampa Bay Rays Attendance Woes Continue
The Tampa Bay Rays are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. The one big issue is their lack of attendance at Tropicana Field. The Rays during the offseason made some upgrades to Tropicana Field. Of course, we know that baseball games are trying to turn into social events along with sporting. The Rays added some social gathering places like the one that was added in center field a year ago. This is still not helping the low attendance.
The Rays also finished last year with 90 wins. They have a very young fan base but a passionate one. I hear on local Tampa Bay radio just how much they love their team. Now is their loyalty being taken to lightly? Owner Stu Sternberg must figure out what to do about this. We all know as baseball fans that attendance is down league-wide. With technology, most fans can now watch the games at home on television or on a device of their choice. They can also pause those devices to go and use the restroom or grab food.
This is one aspect to make a fan stay home instead of making the trip to the ballpark. The issue with the Rays is this is a winning team as of late. They should not be having attendance issues. Sternberg lost his deal with Hillsborough County. Maybe he should investigate a place in St. Petersburg. The Rays as an organization just purchase the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Rowdies currently play in Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg.
This is a perfect location for a stadium that both teams can play in. Most fans do like the location of where Tropicana Field is located. There is not much around as far as entertainment. For example, across the bay, the Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is rebuilding Channelside Drive the road that Amalie Arena is on. He wants to keep the fans entertain prior, during and after the Lightning games. Nevertheless, the attendance for the Tampa Bay Rays is now a severe problem with no solution. There will have to be something done soon than later.
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