Braves fans over shiny new stadium after just 13 home games, would like good baseball now

If there’s one sure truism in the sports stadium world, it’s that the honeymoon effect drawing fans to a new building varies depending on the quality of the product on the field: Put together a winning team and you can get something like the Cleveland Indians‘ six-year sellout streak; a losing one, and you’re more likely to be the Miami Marlins.

The Atlanta Braves have a brand-new stadium, and are in last place with an 11-19 record. Fans aren’t exactly turning out in droves:

After a couple initial sellouts, the Braves have settled into 12th in major league attendance. They were averaging a bit more than 30,000 (tickets sold), a good number considering that the team hasn’t averaged that high for a season since 2013. But not exactly the eye-popping boost you’d expect from the lure of a new ballpark.

Okay, maybe it’s just that it’s early in the season, and more fans turn up once it’s summertime? We can check that by looking at Baseball Reference’s year-over-year attendance chart, which shows how teams are doing in attendance compared to the same number of games the previous year. The numbers show that Braves attendance is up an average of 4,980 a game from 2016 at Turner Field — the third-largest jump in baseball, but still nothing to write home about. It looks like any honeymoon effect from the Braves move from downtown to suburban Cobb County will be marginal at best, at least unless the team gets good in a hurry, in which case it’s less “build it and they will come” and more “build Dansby Swanson and they will come.”


7 comments on “Braves fans over shiny new stadium after just 13 home games, would like good baseball now

  1. Maybe another new stadium in the Braves system will help…

    http://www.talkingchop.com/2017/5/10/15610586/sarasota-county-approves-atlanta-braves-new-spring-training-home-north-port-2019-22-million

  2. You mean the best cure for a team who struggles to draw in a downtown stadium isn’t building one off of a highway?

    Next you’re gonna tell me it’s not 1992.

  3. Regarding:
    “The numbers show that Braves attendance is up an average of 4,980 a game from 2016 at Turner Field — the third-largest jump in baseball, but still nothing to write home about. It looks like any honeymoon effect from the Braves move from downtown to suburban Cobb County will be marginal at best, at least unless the team gets good in a hurry”
    Which is why the Braves would not have built the new stadium if they could not have ripped off Cobb County to pay for a big piece of it.

    • I would guess that is tickets sold not actual attendance.

      I think the scalpers bought quite a few tickets anticipating all the fans who would now go to the game since it is no longer in the ghetto

      I would think all the unsold resale tickets on stub hub and other re-sellers would erase that number.

  4. If they do start to draw more fans, it will exacerbate the already terrible parking situation.
    I went to a game there two weekends ago, and the streets around the stadium are an absolute mess. The local businesses with open space are making $- I paid $15 to park on the grassy backyard of a chiropractor’s office, and still had to walk 20 min to get to the stadium (there was nothing closer- all permit only).
    Not planning on going back (don’t live in the ATL) but it was not a great experience (before getting to the issues with the television monitors by the long concession lines showing loops of pest control service ads, etc.).

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