The Phillies first 5 home games of the year are in the books, and there is a stat that really stands out so far with the first few home games in the books.
Yes, the Phillies haven’t been doing all that well in the past few seasons, we’ve heard plenty about that, last year the Phillies were over 3M in attendance though, and the fans were still hanging in with this team, hoping and wondering would they return to the glory that a lot of the fans were used to from the magical seasons of 2009, 2009, 2010, and 2011 when the team won the most games in the history of the franchise.
Through the first 5 games though, a lot of the fans are what’s missing so far at Citizens Bank Park, so many fans that they could fill up an entire stadium by themselves. The difference in the first 5 home games is 46,167 less than in 2013 through the same first 5 home games.
Yes, ticket prices have risen, and parking is now $16.00 but when you’re winning fans seem to be able to absorb those prices somewhat easier. Now that the Phillies haven’t been to the playoffs in a couple years, the air may be out of the Phillies balloon. Philadelphia had been a ‘baseball town’ in the last 7 years or so, it was a magical transformation that attracted some of the biggest names in the game who wanted to come to Philadelphia to play.
The only other team in baseball that has drawn worse so far in this early season at home has been the Toronto Blue Jays, who are at -55,104 fans through their first 6 home games in Toronto.
Maybe when the weather is consistently warmer, much like it will be today at the park, the fans will be back. There might be a point though that we’ll see the types of crowds like their use to be at the cavernous Veteran’s Stadium when 20,000 scattered through the stadium for a lot of games, but back then if you wanted to go see a game you were paying at most $27 a ticket when now the seats from first to third are now about $75 per game.