Rays draw their smallest crowd ever, worst attendance of season to dateBy Amber Lee
Despite a demonstrated lack of interest for fans, the Tampa Bay Rays are actually winning games this season.
And, unfortunately, their dismal attendance numbers reached a new low Tuesday.
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Only 5,786 people took in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays, which is the lowest crowd ever for Tropicana Field, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
The 5,786 is the smallest crowd ever for a #Rays game at the Trop. Previous low was 6,509 on Sept. 5, 2017 when a hurricane was in the forecast
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 29, 2019
The previous low was on Sept. 5, 2017, when only 6,509 fans attended a contest as a result of a forecasted hurricane.
Tampa Bay is averaging just over 14,500 fans per game in 2019, which is the second lowest in the league, ahead of only the Miami Marlins.
Despite the underwhelming crowds, the Rays (32-19) entered Tuesday’s action just two games behind the New York Yankees for first in the AL East.