Nats-O’s drew 7,600 more than Phils-Sox at Fenway, 8,300 more than Yanks-Mets at Citi, 10,600 more than Cubs-Sox at US Cellular. Rivalry?
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) May 28, 2013
The attendance at Nationals Park was 41,260 yesterday, a sellout. Were these numbers unusual? Here are the attendance numbers for past Orioles-Nationals series at Nats Park.
All of the above series were during the weekend in early summer, so the numbers can be compared in context. Other than 2008, when Nationals Park was in its first season, the attendance numbers seem to mirror the Nationals on-field success. In 2009, coming off the worst record in baseball and limping along at 13-29, the Nats barely drew 30K fans for their Saturday and Sunday games. In 2010, coming off another worst record in baseball season, the numbers were even worse. With the Nats fortunes improving in 2011, they averaged over 35K for a 3 game series. And last year after a torrid 23-16 start, they drew sell-outs on Saturday and Sunday. This season, coming off a playoff appearance, the Nationals sold out the stadium.
The team wins. Fans attend. Imagine that.
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