2018 Cubs attendance watch: May 7-14 homestand

Attendance showed some odd patterns last week; also, a pricing update.

Here are the numbers for Cubs attendance during last week’s homestand:

May 7 (Marlins): 37,333
May 8 (Marlins): 40,051
May 9 (Marlins): 34,486
May 11 (White Sox): 39,585
May 12 (White Sox): 41,099
May 13 (White Sox): 40,537
May 14 (Braves): 35,946

One thing stands out: The two weekday afternoon games (May 9 and 14) did not draw well, despite both of them being on nice afternoons and with relatively low ticket prices. I’d attribute the first one (Marlins) to the fact that schools are still in session and it was against an opponent that doesn’t attract casual fans. The second (Braves) was a makeup game on a Monday afternoon. Despite schools still in session, many families with kids were there, likely because they had bought the tickets on the original date (April 15, a Sunday) and simply didn’t want to eat them.

The Cubs’ average announced attendance through May 14 (21 dates) is 36,608, which ranks sixth. The total announced attendance is 768,766, also sixth.

It should be noted that so far this year, MLB attendance is down 1,322,674 over the same period a year ago, down an average of 2,140 per game. This …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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