14 April 2010
Just 24 hours ago we wrote on this very blog about the Yankees setting a new regular season attendance record. This evening, we have some sobering news to report - today's matinee against the Angels only drew 42,372 fans - the second lowest regular season crowd in Yankee Stadium history.
There is usually a dropoff from the first home game, but this was more pronounced than last year when the attendance went from 48,271 to 45,101. Without the stadium having the "new factor," we expect attendance numbers to stick around the lower 40,000's until the weather heats up. On a gloomy late April or early May day, we wouldn't be surprised to see a crowd dip below 40,000 for the first time.
Regardless of the exact numbers, the Yankees will still be among the league leaders in attendance, but that won't stop us from obsessively keeping track of the highs and lows. Its what we do.