Hey … Hey you … Yes, you reading this website. Why aren’t you at the Indians game? Is it because it’s too early in the season? Or maybe you think the tickets aren’t affordable? Well, whatever the case may be, I’m not buying the excuses. The Cleveland Indians, the first place Cleveland Indians, are playing great baseball and more people should come to the games.
As of May 20, the largest crowd at a 2012 Cleveland Indians season game was when the home opener drew 43,190 people. Since then, statistics show, the average crowd for an Indians game has been 15,188 people.
So let’s do some math for a minute. If 15,188 show up to a stadium that seats 43,545 that means 34 percent of fans are showing up to these games. The attendance is so low, the Oakland Athletics draw 4,000 more fans to their games, and they are currently bringing up the rear in the American League.
On a scholastic grading scale that equates to an F. Basically we are failing to show a first-place Cleveland sports team the love and respect they truly deserve.
Closer Chris Perez noticed the low attendance and told The Associated Press after a May loss against the Miami Marlins: “Nobody wants to play in front of 5,000 fans.”
The Indians need their fans to step up to the plate and support them as they continue to thrive this summer. If its affordability that’s the problem, Indians tickets start at just $10.
Summer is here and the warm weather is around for just a few short months. Let’s not make any more excuses Tribe fans. Let’s get out there and support our ball club. GO TRIBE!
Evan Winston lives in Glenville and is a student at Hampton University.