What Does An Empty Blue Jays Game Look Like?

This is one of the most telling video’s I have seen in a long time. It’s pretty sad to see just how empty Rogers Centre is for the Jays game last Thursday where 10,700 were in attendance. Credit to Torontoist photographer Christopher Drost and www.torontoist.com for the video

Toronto Blue Jays Crowd Timelapse – April 15, 2010 from Torontoist on Vimeo.

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April 19, 2010 7:00 pm

Hah…I was actually at that game.

April 20, 2010 8:02 am

@Daniel….I think I saw you in the video!

Anyway, very sad…..So, a weak team that has been struggling in the standings is having trouble at the box office….Is that new? Uncommon? We should go back and analyze attendance figures relative to team performance – while there will be some clubs that draw like the Leafs do in hockey (full house regardless)….I’ll bet that the Jays aren’t the only team struggling when the on field performance isn’t up to snuff.

That said; aside from sitting and waiting for the team to turn things around on the field, what do the Jays do to connect with their fans…especially kids? I haven’t heard of them doing much….

April 20, 2010 2:40 pm

haha..probably! Funny thing is, my girlfriend and I actually had a great time at that game. The space was actually kind of nice!

It’s not uncommon, Lt67. Especially this year. Take a look through the box scores one night. Baltimore, Cleveland, Oakland and Florida are right with the Jays.

You’ll also notice as well that some of the more competitive teams are seeing drops too. Effects from the recession maybe? But I also think fanbases are sick of knowing they have no chance to make the playoffs every year.

Hopefully the attendance drops around the game will push MLB to expand the playoffs/balance the schedule etc.

April 20, 2010 2:46 pm

I also think you’re right that the Jays should be doing more. I heard Mike Wilner criticize the Jays for that recently as well. They’re marketing scheme right now is basically ‘the doors are open. Come watch.’

Seems stupid to do that when the team is supposed to be bad, and you just traded the face of the franchise.


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