It wasn’t long ago that the Dodgers were one of the hottest tickets in LA and one of the top drawing teams in baseball. This year, the Dodgers are eighth in MLB in home attendance (according to ESPN’s figures), trailing their neighbors to the south, the Angels by nearly 2,000 fans per game. The drop in attendance is due to several factors.
The top reason most fans with whom I associate aren’t attending games is because they’re too expensive. Ticket prices have doubled under the McCourt regime, and keep in mind this is only their seventh year as owners. The next reason far fewer fans are attending games is because they don’t want to support the McCourts. This has to do with the revelations about their embarrassing and offensive spending habits that emerged during their hideous divorce trial. Third, the Bryan Stow beating on Opening Day created such negative publicity it turned many fans off from wanting to attend games.
LBS contributor Sam Ahn pointed out to us that the Dodgers are offering a special on Yelp for next week’s Dodgers-Giants series: