Welcome to our fourth monthly review of the Tampa Rays 2017 attendance. This post will look at attendance in games played from July 6, 2017 to July 26, 2017.
- Total July 2017 Tampa Bay Rays home attendance: 200,519
- Average attendance per game: 20,051
- Highest attendance: 24,842 on Friday, July 7th
- Lowest attendance: 12,471 on Tuesday, July 25th
- Average June game time: 3 hours, 3 minutes
- Highest attended series: 23,112 per game vs Red Sox, July 6-9
- Lowest attended series: 15,362 per game vs Orioles, July 24-26
- Competing events:
- July 6: Tampa Bay Rowdies @ Al Lang Stadium (attendance 6,269)
- July 22: Tampa Bay Rowdies @ Al Lang Stadium (attendance 5,619)
- July 22: Tampa Bay Storm @ Amalie Arena (attendance: 10,567)
- Total Tampa Bay Minor League July attendance: 103,804
- Tampa Bay Minor League attendance per game: 1,702 (61 games)
Comparing July 2017 with previous years
The following chart compares July 2017 average attendance to other recent years.
The average July 2017 attendance increased 21.75% (3,582 more fans per game) than the July 2016 per game average. July 2017 was the highest average July attendance since 2012.
Weekdays vs Weekends
Let’s now look at the Rays June attendance on weekdays (Mon-Thurs) and weekends (Fri-Sun). As I have pointed out many times, the Rays usually have one of the biggest differences in Major League Baseball in regards to weekday versus weekend attendance.
July 2017 breakdown:
- Weekday home games: 4
- Weekend home games: 6
This chart shows the Rays average weekday attendance in July since 2007.
Weekday July attendance in 2017 increased 3,548 fans per game, giving the Rays their highest weekday July average since 2013.
The following chart shows Rays average weekend attendance in July since 2007.
The Rays July weekend average attendance in 2017 was 4,194 more than their July average attendance in 2016. Rays July average attendance was the highest it had been since 2014.
July 2017 was a good month for Rays attendance. While July typically does well because it is a summer month when kids are out of school and baseball season has rule of the sports world, this July was a result of a well-drawn series and improved play by the Rays.
August attendance is often a reflection of how the team is doing on the field. If the team is in contention, attendance tends to increase. However, if the team is not or falls out of the race, attendance will decline from July attendance and look more like April or May attendance.