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Fri Aug 9, 2019, 12:02 PM

Baseball's future: Declining Attendance and Shrinking Stadiums to Match


Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY
Published 8:28 a.m. ET Aug. 8, 2019 | Updated 2:28 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2019

For more than a decade, from coast to coast, they rose from urban cores and suburban sprawl alike, feats of architectural perfection that defined the fan experience in Major League Baseball – in perpetuity, it seemed.

The great ballpark building boom that spanned the 1990s and into the millennium’s first decade was a welcome correction from the multi-purpose mausoleums that dotted the landscape in the 1970s. And the billions and billions of dollars expended – much of it coming from taxpayers – to create a more intimate setting felt like a permanent fix.

Yet as the industry discovers the appetite for live baseball may be shrinking, a third wave of stadiums are gradually coming online, revealing franchises' desire to further shrink the ballpark - be it new or already existing.

“The Camden Yards-era ballparks were fitting the bill,” Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval says of Baltimore’s innovatively retro stadium that opened in 1992. “But that was 20 years ago.”

Kaval is charged with finding a new ballpark for the A’s and the club has progressed significantly on a waterfront project at Howard Terminal, near Jack London Square. Major hurdles remain, most notably Oakland City Council approval of a complicated deal centered on a 34,000-seat stadium.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2019/08/08/mlb-attendance-stadiums-future/1941614001/

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Reply Baseball's future: Declining Attendance and Shrinking Stadiums to Match (Original post)
RCW2014 Aug 2019 OP
quad489 Aug 2019 #1
Carlos W Bush Aug 2019 #6
imwithfred Aug 2019 #2
oflguy Aug 2019 #3
Squeek Aug 2019 #5
FreeWheelBurning Aug 2019 #4
planetX Sep 7 #7

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Aug 9, 2019, 12:07 PM

1. It's all MLB's fault.....

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Response to quad489 (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:46 AM

6. How so?

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Aug 9, 2019, 12:52 PM

2. The story's about professional baseball.

Professional sports suck, and all of them are going downhill.

Professional sports are just too slick, too perfect, too error-free, to be credible. They always end up the way they're supposed to. No surprises.

College sports, now, that's a different matter, and college sports seem to be thriving.....precisely because being amateur sports, nothing can be taken for granted, mistakes happen, which makes them 1000x more exciting.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:57 AM

3. You hate baseball too? wow

I guess because it is an American sport

No baseball in the mother country?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:31 PM

5. What

the fuck...

Someone posts an article on the decline of baseball and it makes him a dirty Commie?

good god





Bulletin:

baseball is like two steps up from watching paint dry


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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:56 AM

4. I will have little interest in MLB until they get a legit salary cap

Watching the same big money teams win a majority of the time has bored me since the 90s.

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Response to FreeWheelBurning (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 7, 2019, 05:29 PM

7. long time MLB fan here

and you're right, MLB takes the dynasty thing to a new level. It is hard to have a competitive team unless the owner has deep pockets and isn't a miser.

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