A conversation with a co-worker this morning sparked my interest to see how much the Mariners home game attendance has dropped off since the amazing-never-to-be-duplicated-once-in-a-franchise season of 2001. Not shocking at all, they’ve declined. 2001 was the last time the Mariners reached the postseason.
How does a franchise remedy this? Simply put, put a winning product out on the field. The Mariners fans that are out there… will show. They have proved it before. *IF* the Mariners have a chance for success, they will get behind this team once more. This town will never be like Miami; a franchise that has had great success with an almost non-existent fan base since their inception.
If the Mariners can consistently win more, “The Safe” will be rockin’ again. But like with many sports franchises, if the product on the field is lacking, the casual fan will tune out. When the winning ways return, you’ll see the slew of fans (some say ‘bandwagoners’). It’s hard to breakdown and analyze what a “true fan” is without ruffling some feathers… but the long and the short of this post… just win, baby!
Mariners Home Attendance (2001 – May 23rd, 2012)
17 games = 338,577 total attendance (19,916 AVG)
— 20-25 overall (8-9 home record)
81 games – 1,896,321 total attendance (23,411AVG)
— 67-95 overall (39-45 home record)
81 games – 2,085,488 total attendance (25,746 AVG) Continue reading