Twins Game Attendance Trends

The Twins set a new record low attendance at their big box sponsored stadium on April 3rd with 22,963 folks watching at least part of their 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in person.

Thankfully, the Twins didn’t have to compete with the local games from the Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves or any major Gopher sports or things might have been even worse.

But, is that attendance milestone really that surprising? Here’s a chart of annual attendance at the ballpark since it opened:

Twins Stadium Attendance by Year

A new ballpark can bring some people back who haven’t been to a game in ages, but it takes more than that to keep them around.

At least the big box ballpark’s funding relies on a reliable tax that has nothing to do with the team (Hennepin County sales tax) rather than an unreliable tax that has nothing to do with the team (e-pulltabs for Vikings Wilfare).

13 thoughts on “Twins Game Attendance Trends”

  1. A winning team will bring back some of the fan base. That, and better weather. But the novelty itself was bound to wear off. Big box ballpark: Kinda snotty, Ed. By Major League scale it isn’t big.

  2. @Rat, the “big box ballpark” was a reference to the brand that pays to have their name on a building taxpayers paid to build. Not the architecture.

  3. OK, the reference was a little too subtle for The Rat. Haven’t the Twins started the season on a long road trip since Target Field opened? A couple weeks into the season for the home opener would help quite a bit. And he taxpayers are paying for part of Target Field. Money from a single Minnesota family is making quite a contribution. Wouldn’t you agree, Ed?

  4. @Rat, the chart shows the first three full seasons.

    The private business who’s name is on the stadium didn’t put money into building the stadium, and the money they pay goes 100% to the single family rather than split among those who put money into building the stadium.

  5. Had the weather been in the 50’s or better they would have sold out. 22K on a day that was just at freezing.. pretty good turn out.

  6. @Sank, no doubt about weather giving 2013 a slow start. Apparently, the weather has gotten worse every season since the stadium’s opened.

  7. Combination of bad weather and crappy team. This weekend, nice weather, team getting beter, they were at 95% capacity Sat and Sun. Put a good product out there and they will sell out.

  8. When you look at the attendance percentages (86.8 percent) it places Target Field ahead of Wrigley Field.

  9. “Apparently, the weather has gotten worse every season since the stadium’s opened.”

    Maybe I was wrong in the reference, but I wasn’t wrong about you being snotty.

  10. There’s no MNSpeak anymore. The Rat feels a bit homeless. Have some mercy, Ed. And If you think Rat’s trolling, it may take one to know one in this case. Do you think Norm Coleman spotted one? And admit it, based on the link, attendance percentages place Target Field just ahead of Wrigley Field and just behind Yankee Stadium. How many Major League teams would like to be in that position?

  11. @Rat, you’re making my point. The Yankee’s stadium was 17% publicly financed. Wrigley Field was privately built and privately owned. In MN, with a 72% stadium subsidy from taxpayers, you can pretend that Minneapolis is on par with Chicago or New York City.

    I’m sure many major league teams would like to be in that position. And, I’m sure that the Pohlads have the resources to be in that position without demanding corporate welfare from Hennepin County.

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