Why Are Baseball Fans Staying Home?

A drop in attendance is not a death knell for baseball
A family sits in an empty section at Marlins Park in Miami, on Ap 13, 2013 Photograph by Jason Arnold/Getty Images

Yesterday the Miami Marlins announced that they would be closing the upper bowl of their stadium for some upcoming home games. The Marlins were merely formalizing a decision their fans have already made: to stay away in droves from Miami’s less-than-two-seasons-old, mostly publicly financed ballpark. The Marlins news came one day after Bloomberg reported that the New York Yankees are selling half-off tickets through the online coupon service Groupon and less than a month after the Boston Red Sox’s record 820-game sellout streak came to an end.

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