Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Will The Yankees hit the 4 Million Attendance Mark in 2009?

Peter Gammons had an item on his blog yesterday, quoting Major League Baseball officials in regard to expected attendance for the 2009 season:
Major League Baseball has warned club businesspeople that attendance is expected to be down 17-20 percent in 2009, and that it could be worse, especially for franchises such as the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies and others that could be seriously impacted by the recession.
The Yankees will be immune to these massive drops in attendance, but it will be nearly impossible for the Yankees to not see a percentage decrease as compare to 2008.

The old Yankee Stadium held over 56,000 fans, and the new one only holds 51,000. Even if the Yankees sell out every single game, they will draw 4,131,000 fans, a decrease from the 4,298,655 they drew in 2008. With the Yankees struggling to sell the most expensive seats, all 81 games being sold out is far from certainty, and is likely a long-shot in this economy.

So, the drama mounts - will the Yankees draw 4 million fans? It would have to be considered a failure for them to draw anything less. Feel free to chime in with your best 2009 Yankee Stadium attendance guess in the comments section.

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Anonymous said...

the yankees will miss by 21 seats 3,999,979- the number the insider didnt get settling for a 20 game plan- they should have givin you the 41

Anonymous said...

I dont think the Yankees care about "how many" seats they sell for the season. I think they care about "how much money" they will make on the seats they do sell. If they sell 250,000 less seats but make 2 million more then last year I think they will call it a great sucess

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