How to Fix the Attendance Issues At Safeco Field
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
Sam Evans (Baseball Writer): Follow @RJA206
The Mariners home attendance at Safeco Field has decreased each of the last five years. In 2003, the Mariners were 93-69 and averaged over 40,000 fans per home game. Last season, Seattle finished 75-87 with an average of roughly 21,000 per game. What can the Mariners do to bring fans back to the ballpark and revitalize baseball in Seattle?
Professional baseball in Seattle has a ton of potential. Unlike cities like Tampa Bay, Seattle has a beautiful ballpark and a very good television market. As proven with the early 2000’s and 1990’s, if the Mariners start winning, the ballpark is going to start filling up. Safeco Field is suitable for baseball 365 days per year, thanks to it’s retractable roof, so fans never have to worry about a rain delay or getting poured on in rainy Seattle. If the Mariners start winning, fans will come to games.
At places like Yankee Stadium and AT&T Park, it almost feels like every regular season game is a playoff game. At Safeco Field last year, it almost felt like the Mariners were still in Spring Training or that a virus had swept through the city preventing people from attending games. The Mariners need to have a larger attendance to start making the games feel more important. This will boost television ratings and add Nillions of dollars to Seattle’s yearly payroll.
The easiest way to fix attendance issues is to have a winning baseball team play there. That way people feel like the game is meaningful and begin hyping up the home team. For example, when the Cleveland Indians finished second in the AL Central just one season after losing 93 games, it boosted their attendance by about 5,000 people. When searching for the simplest way to bring fans to the ballpark, look no farther than the team’s win-loss record.
The strength of the Seattle front office is probably found in their scouting department. The Mariners have rebuilt their farm system in a ridiculously quick amount of time. However, the Mariners have historically been a team that makes a lot of mistakes in Free Agency. From the Chone Figgins contract to giving Carlos Silva almost $50 Million, Seattle has made some major mistakes in Free Agency. In order to win games and draw fans back to the ballpark, Seattle needs to spend their money in Free Agency much wiser than they have in the past.
Safeco Field is one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball. The city of Seattle deserves to get the chance to watch a winning baseball team there. By spending money smartly in free agency and putting a team on the field that is destined for success, the Mariners can revive baseball in Seattle.
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