All things being equal, I look for the Reds attendance to drop off next season anyway, those Cubs/ Cardinal home series were a boon to the Reds ticket sales. Heck, yesterday, as bad as the Cubs are there STILL were alot of Cub fans there. Bringing in the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners isn't going to cover those losses.I tend to think attendance often trails results by a year in baseball. Like, if a team has a really good year, fans will catch the drift and start showing up as the season goes on, but then they’re really excited the next season and show up in larger numbers.
I can’t help but wonder how much losing 100 games will further erode fan attendance next year. Is it possible it could drop below 1 million for the season? Probably not, but it might get close.
Opening Day, the Yankees series, and Cardinals/Cubs/Braves fans will help prop them up.
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Now, I feel today, more than ever, no one plans. The walk up crowds can be a big component. If the Reds don't get off to a 3-22 start (they can't, can they?) and are hovering around .500 when the weather breaks in late May/ June, I think you'll see well attended games.