Attendance Analysis: Tampa Bay Rays vs AL East Opponents 2007-2013

Welcome to our 8th second-level analysis post on Tampa Bay Rays attendance from 2007-2013. This post examines home attendance versus AL East opponents. We will show attendance against the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, and Blue Jays what percentage increase or decrease attendance playing these teams has over the average attendance for that particular year.

(For an examination of Rays attendance by month, click here. For an examination of Rays attendance by day of the week, click here. For an examination of attendance by starting pitcher, click here. For an examination of attendance by promotions, click here. For a look at Rays attendance during winning streaks, click here. And for a look at Rays attendance for post-game concerts, click here.)

The following chart looks at Rays home average attendance in games against the Baltimore Orioles.

Rays v Orioles Chart

Note: The Orioles were the opponent for three Rays home openers during this time (2010, 2011, 2013). Each of these games were sell-outs and probably would have been regardless of opponent.

The following is a graph showing the annual per game average vs the Baltimore Orioles compared to the Rays overall annual per game average.

Rays v Orioles Graph

The following chart looks at Rays home average attendance in games against the Boston Red Sox.

Rays v BOS Chart

The following graph shows the annual per game average vs the Boston Red Sox compared to the Rays overall annual per game average.

Rays v BOS Graph2

The following chart looks at Rays home average attendance in games against the New York Yankees.

Rays v Yankees Chart

Note: The Rays 2009 and 2012 home openers were versus the New York Yankees. Each of these games were sell-outs and probably would have been regardless of opponent.

The following graph shows the annual per game average vs the New York Yankees compared to the Rays overall annual per game average.

Rays v Yankees Graph

The following chart looks at Rays home average attendance in games against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Rays v Blue Jays Chart

Note: In 2008, the Rays played three games versus the Blue Jays at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. This games are not included in our study as they did not affect attendance in the Tampa Bay area.

Note 2: The Rays 2007 home opener was versus the Toronto Blue Jays. This game was a sell-out and probably would have been regardless of opponent.

The following chart looks at Rays home average attendance in games against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Rays v Blue Jays Graph