Monthly Baseball Attendance Trends in Tampa Bay by Team 2007-2015

This post is an update to a post I wrote in July 2015.

Previously, we looked at the total monthly attendance trends of Minor League Baseball in Tampa Bay and compared it to the monthly attendance trends of the Tampa Bay Rays. We found attendance trends for Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay are very different.

Among the conclusions of the last post:

  • May is bad for the Rays, but very good for Minor League Baseball.
  • June is a bad month for both the Rays and Minor League Baseball.
  • July is the best month for baseball attendance overall in the Tampa Bay area.
  • The beginning and end of the season draw similarly.

One of the biggest admitted problems with the last post was that I grouped all the Minor League teams together. We can almost safely assume fans of each team don’t often go to many games of the other Minor League teams. The only usual exception might be fans of the Dunedin Blue Jays going to Clearwater and vice versa, due to those teams’ proximity to each other.

So are all the Minor League teams the same? Do they all follow the same average monthly trends?

Here are the monthly trends for each team in the Tampa Bay area since 2007, starting with the Rays.

2007 2015 Monthly Rank

Since 2007, Rays attendance has followed this pattern from highest to lowest:

  1. July
  2. April
  3. August
  4. September/October
  5. June
  6. May

Here are the monthly attendance trends for the Clearwater Threshers:

2007 2015 threshers monthly ranking

2015 was unique to the Threshers as it was the first time April was their month of highest attendance. June remained a difficult month and July remained a good month for Threshers attendance.

Since 2007, Threshers attendance has followed this pattern from highest to lowest:

  1. July
  2. May
  3. April
  4. August/Sept
  5. June

Here are the monthly attendance trends for the Tampa Yankees:

2007 2015 TYanks monthly trends

In 2015, Tampa Yankees monthly trends were almost identical to 2013 and 2014 trends.

Since 2007, Tampa Yankees attendance has followed this pattern from highest to lowest:

  1. May
  2. July
  3. April
  4. June
  5. August/Sept

Here are the monthly attendance trends for the Dunedin Blue Jays:

2007 2015 Jays monthly trends

In 2015, Dunedin Blue Jays monthly trends were very similar to 2014 trends. It is interesting to see how August has switched from their best month to their worst month.

Since 2007, Dunedin Blue Jays attendance has followed this pattern from highest to lowest:

  1. April / July (tie)
  2. August/Sept
  3. May
  4. June

Here are the monthly attendance trends for the Bradenton Marauders:

2007 2015 Marauders monthly trends

2015 was the first year Marauders attendance in April paced the year. It was also the first year June attendance was the lowest of the year, the year after it was the best month. Unlike the other regional teams, there isn’t much of a pattern to the Marauders monthly trends.

Since 2010, Bradenton Marauders attendance has followed this pattern from highest to lowest:

  1. July
  2. August/Sept
  3. June
  4. May
  5. April

The following chart depicts each team and their average monthly attendance pattern:

2007 2015 monthly trends

This chart shows us that the Minor League teams all have different monthly attendance trends and no Minor League team’s attendance trend is similar to the Rays.

This graph depicts the previous chart:

2007 2015 TB area trends chart

One consistent we see through each team is July. July is either the first, tied for first, or the second highest drawing month for every baseball team playing in the Tampa Bay area.

There is also something else interesting: the two highest drawing teams – the Threshers and Yankees – have their highest attendance in May. So they are driving the trend we saw in the previous post when we concluded May was a good month for Minor League teams while a bad month for the Rays.

Weather might also play a role in this attendance phenomenon. In May in the Tampa Bay area, the high temperature is usually in the mid-80s and the lows are in the mid-60s. When baseball games start in the early evening, the temperature is usually in the 70s. According to weatherspark.com, temperature is in the “comfortable to warm” bracket. According to usclimatedata.com, May is one of the least rainiest months in Tampa Bay. So the combination of nice weather, good promotions, and little chance of rain may be the reason more fans see the Threshers and Yankees in May than any other month.

Which might be a good reason for the Rays to look at a retractable dome if/when they build a new stadium, wherever it may be.

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