A few years back Indians owner Larry Dolan made statements about the attendance. Maybe Dolan was failing to realize the fact that Indians have been mostly terrible under his ownership. The number 455 that was retired was because the fans flocked to the ballpark to a see a winner. Larry Dolan wants those same results. The keyword in all of this is: winning. Yes, the Indians did come off an incredible postseason run that fell short of the ultimate goal. Not to be a debbie-downer but that’s just one year.
Consistency is the key to having great attendance. If your team is playing like crap you will get crappy attendance results. For instance, take the Chicago Blackhawks, who were once labeled as one of the worst franchises in all of sports. Over-time the Hawks put a great front office together, hired a top-level head coach, and drafted franchise players. All of that culminated with 3 Stanley Cups since 2010 and multiple years of home sell-outs. What was the key part of all of the above? Winning.
What I’ve seen recently from the Indians much like other teams, instead of just trying to sell season tickets, but creating other unique package plans that are more affordable for the fans. Weekend home games I do not sense will be a problem. It’s really the weekday games where a lot of teams struggle in-terms of attendance. Due to the fact a lot of people work and prefer to watch it at home on television for free or just the fact that a lot fans work at night. So your really can’t blame the weekday crowds.
Judging by what I have seen from social media sites is that there is a lot of buzz surrounding the Indians that has not been seen in years. The team is being picked by many to not only return to the playoffs but to the World Series as well. My prediction is that I believe the Indians will exceed over 2 million fans this year.
By the Numbers:
In 2016 the Tribe averaged 19,650 fans per game. Which was 13th out 15th in the AL.
The Tribe has not broke over 2 million fans since 2008.
The Tribe has not broke over 3 million fans since 2001.
From 1996 to 2001 The Tribe had over 3 millions fans on average.
These stats were from: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CLE/attend.shtml