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:
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).