Whose house? Our House!
Troy Renck of the Denver Post made a tweet last week related to the Rockies/Pirates game.
Announced attendance is 10,484 at PNC park. That’s smaller than many Rockies’ crowds at Salt River Fields
— Troy Renck, Rockies (@TroyRenck) April 25, 2012
This is kind of disturbing, considering PNC Park has a capacity of 38,362. In fact, I heard on one of my podcasts that attendance is down at many parks. Maybe that’s why Marlins Park has a low capacity of 36,742 (Though from @kriztweetsalot, she says they still don’t sell out, despite it being a new stadium.) In stark contrast to Coors Field opening in 1995–ironically now the 3rd oldest NL park–and just after the players’ strike, they still sold out all their home games that year. (Coors Field has a capacity of 50,490).
Now, I’m not proposing MLB to take a NFL-style approach to games to boost attendance, simply because it won’t work with 81 home games as opposed to 8. But there are some things that you can do as a fan to help out your home team.
- Buy a ticket and attend. This may sound like “Duh!” but I’ve heard many reasons why people cannot attend. The only valid reasons are usually distance (more than 1 hour away), and sick/dead (and even if you’re dead, you can always attend). Work won’t let you go? Ask your boss to let you go (and sweeten the deal by buying his ticket.) Boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse doesn’t want to? Get a new one. (See below on how you can get a new partner.
- Buy a scorecard. Believe it or not, you will be incredibly popular with a scorecard in your hand. It’s also the cheapest souvenir. (Balls batted in stands are cheaper, but are highly rare you’ll catch one.) You may have the guy next to you intrigued, or a girl passing by leave their number on your card. That’s what you call ‘scoring’ lol Don’t know how to score? No fear. Almost all cards give easy instructions, and examples to get you started. Besides, my old Rockies scorecard says it best: “There is on right or wrong way to score a game, as long as you can look back later and know what happened.”
- Show some team spirit and cheer. I had a “friend” of mine at a ballgame talk about the women around him instead of even pretending to care about the game. He even was desperate to leave. (Needless to say, we’re no longer friends or on speaking terms now.) Cheering and following the chants fans and the organist play sounds a lot better to the players and on the TV and radio. And while you don’t need to dress like a cheerleader, wearing a team-based shirt and cap is recommended… and participate in Purple Mondays if you are a Rockies fan. (I do have to admit, I admire @ColoSportSpaz’s spirit.)
- Don’t do the wave or stand up for no reason, or be a distraction. The last thing you need is people drawing attention to YOU instead of the game. Yeah, this isn’t a cinema. But standing up if you’re not near the back of a section for an extended duration will annoy everyone behind you. And the wave… it doesn’t belong in a ballpark for numerous reasons. (including drunk fans doing it while the home team is in the field.) Save that for more rounded stadiums like… a football game (American or European style)
- Have fun, and be safe. Drink if you like. But do have someone drive you home if you do. We need more fans at the games to fill seats and count for ticket attendance.
I hope to catch you at the ballpark. And have some fun with this post!
Thanks among others to @TroyRenck and @kriztweetsalot for contribution to this post.
Under further review
Having the Mets in town, the Rockies scored big in the first game, 18-9. THen would still lose the series, though Sunday’s game was most interesting as it was the first extra-innings game. Helton would have a grand slam, but still fall short 6-5. This series coming up is interesting playing the 1st place Dodgers. Good luck
I’ll use this tweet from @RockiesMagicNum during the Pittsburgh series:
It’s okay. I didn’t want to beat this vastly inferior team tonight anyhow.
— Andrew Martin (@rockiesmagicnum) April 25, 2012