Attendance low reached at Camden Yards
As expected, the Orioles officially set a Camden Yards’ season-attendance low for the third consecutive year.
The 2010 final attendance for 80 home dates (Friday’s doubleheader is counted as one admission) was 1,733,019. That's the lowest since the 1988 Orioles, who lost a franchise-record 107 games, drew 1,660,738 at Memorial Stadium.
For the third straight year the Orioles failed to hit 2 million after reaching or surpassing that mark for 19 consecutive seasons. The club began 2010 with a 2-16 start on its way to a 13th straight losing campaign.
“It’s somewhat disappointing, but certainly understandable,” said Greg Bader, the club’s director of communications. “The team got off to an extremely poor start, which greatly reduced advanced sales during the early months. We hope to improve on this year’s figure as we head into 2011 with optimism and momentum."
The Orioles’ record improved drastically after Showalter took over, but the attendance actually dipped. That’s likely a byproduct of a schedule with few draws – besides three games each with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox – in the final two months.
In 51 home games before Showalter took over on Aug. 2, the Orioles drew an average of 22,262. In the 29 dates after he was hired, the average attendance was 20,610.