Three weeks after ESPN’s Eddie Matz called Camden Yards’ low attendance numbers “borderline shocking,” the Orioles are still struggling to get fans in the seats – even as they fight for the postseason – and no one can quite figure out why.
It’s not that there is a lack of possible causes. The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck enumerated several in his recent story on the problem: Ticket prices have gone up; this summer’s been hot; a winning O’s team is not as exciting as it once was; fans are less inclined to go downtown after the unrest last April.
But no one theory is perfect. For example, the Baltimore Zoo and the city’s many conventions haven’t seen the same downturn in attendance, so it’s hard to pin it on a reluctance to go downtown. (Though perhaps baseball’s evening-heavy schedule makes a difference there.) Ticket prices have increased lately, but they’re still less expensive than the major league average. And if fans were less excited in general after a few winning seasons in a row, you’d think television ratings would sink along with attendance, but they haven’t.
So, uh, what’s the story, people?
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