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Tampa Bay Rays Attendance By Game 2023

By Aditya update Bhattarai / 17 August 2023 02:56 PM

Tropicana field has the highest capacity of 25,025 seats when the tickets are fully sold out.
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Tampa Bay Rays Attendance By Game 2023 is 18,191 on average over 122 games this season. The Rays are ranked 27th in MLB with 1,127,833 occupancy till 13 August.

The seating capacity of the Rays stadium is 25,000 after the last renovation in 2019. The Tropicana ballpark initially had 45,369 seats when the Rays made their debut in 1998. They had an average attendance record of 30,942 in their first MLB season. 

Over the years, the Tropicana Field lost its charm and is currently ranked among the smaller stadiums in MLB. The Rays have been focused on building a good team utilizing what they have with a change in the treatment given to the patrons.

Following an explosive beginning in the 2023 MLB season and a higher standing in the AL East Division, the Rays have an increased number of attendees this year. Meanwhile, they have also made some changes regarding promotional campaigns and other factors that support the ambiance.

Rays Attendance 2023 By Game

Tampa Bay Rays average attendance is 18,191 in 2023 till their last home game on 13 August. Rays had 22,163 people at their game against Guardians that day.

The franchise has received an increasing number of attendees this season compared to 2022. They have a noticeable growth of 30% in average attendance compared to 13,927 in last year.

Kevin Kiermaier waving his hat towards the fans after a successful game at Tropicana.
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The major reason behind their explosive increase in fanbase lies in their planning of special events and changes in rules at the ballpark. Since Tampa is a massive market for baseball fans, the major reason behind the low attendance during the games is because of the dilapidated condition of the ballpark.

Rays have been focusing more on improving the performance of the team instead of spending in the ballpark. They are planning to build a new stadium in the coming years, thus they have adapted some changes to satisfy the visitors with other services inside the park.

Their standings have also improved in the AL East Division this season, ranking second with 73 Wins and 50 Losses. Baltimore Orioles is leading the first position with just one additional win.

Rays attendance yesterday during the game against the Giants had 26,322 guests at Oracle Park. They had lost the game by 0 to 7 score.

Tropicana field packed with audience at a night game on 21 june 2019.
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However, the Tampa Bay Rays attendance today was 27,510 at the final game against the Giants on 16 August 2023. They won the game by a 6-1 score.

The American League team is ranked fourth among all of MLB teams in hitting records in 2023. The win loss percentage is also higher than the previous season with a .539 PCT average.

Their increasing stats have played a major role in the increasing number of guests at the stadium. They are ranked 13th in the American league and 27th in all of MLB for total audience count in 2023.

Tampa Bay Rays Low Attendance 2023

Tampa Bay Rays lowest attendance 2023 was 8,699 during the 24th May game against the Blue Jays. They had won the game by a lead score of 7 by 3. 

The second lowest audience for the season was also against the same team two days before at Tropicana Field. They had 8,857 attendees at the 22 May game against the Blue Jays.

Crowd at Tropicana with 17,946 people in 2019.
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Apart from the home games, Rays had one of the worst numbers of visitors at their game on 12 June 2023. They were hosted by the Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which is rated as one of the worst stadiums in MLB.

Meanwhile, the Rays have a decent fanbase considering the least number of visitors is still higher than eight thousand.

Here is the list of ten low attendance games hosted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2023.

  • Rays Vs Blue Jays - 8,699 attendees on 24 May 2023
  • Rays Vs Blue Jays - 8,857 attendees on 22 May 2023
  • Rays Vs Astros - 9,916 attendees on 25 April 2023
  • Rays Vs Pirates - 10,325 attendees on 2 May 2023
  • Rays Vs Royals -  10,436 attendees on 22 June 2023
  • Rays Vs Astros - 10,611 attendees on 24 April 2023
  • Rays Vs Blue Jays - 10,736 attendees on 25 May 2023
  • Rays Vs Twins - 10,846 attendees on 7 June 2023
  • Rays Vs Athletics - 11,159 attendees on 9 April 2023    
  • Rays Vs Cardinals - 11,203 attendees on 9 August 2023

Tampa Bay Rays Highest Attendance 2023

Rays highest attendance in 2023 was 32,142 during the Rays Vs Yankees game on 7 May. It was the final game after they both won one game each before that day.

The New York Yankees had lost the first game on 5 May in front of 25,007 audiences. Rays had lost the second round by a single score as 27,078 people attended the game.

Twins Vs Rays game on 9 June has a good flow of audience around 17,447 crowd.
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Since the two teams had such tough competition in the previous two games, the third and final game brought forth more fans to the stadium. Rays have seen a rise in the number of attendees this season after their thrilling competition with the Yankees at the Tropicana Field in May.

Moreover, the Rays had started the 2023 season with a full capacity of 25,025 audiences at their home ground on 31 March 2023. Including the opening game, they had recorded six full-capacity games with 25,025 attendees this season. 

Here are the ten highest attendance games of Tampa Bay Rays at the Tropicana Field in 2023.

  • Rays Vs Yankees - 32,142 attendees on 7 May 2023
  • Rays Vs Yankees - 27,078 attendees on 6 May 2023
  • Rays Vs Tigers - 25,025 attendees on 31 March 2023
  • Rays Vs Braves - 25,025 attendees on 7, 8, and 9 July 2023
  • Rays Vs Orioles - 25,025 attendees on 22 July 2023
  • Rays Vs Guardians - 25,025 attendees on 12 August 2023
  • Rays Vs Yankees - 25,007 attendees on 5 May 2023
  • Rays Vs Dodgers - 23,443 attendees on 27 May 2023
  • Rays Vs  Orioles - 23,440 attendees on 23 July 2023
  • Rays Vs Rangers - 23,069 attendees on 11 June 2023

Rays Attendance by Year

Tampa Bay Rays attendance by year was 1,128,127 in 2022, 761,072 in 2021, and 1,178,735 in 2019. Rays average attendees per game increased to 18,191 in 2023.

There have already been 1,127,138 attendees till August 16 2023 at the Rays stadium in St. Petersburg Florida. By the end of this MLB season, the numbers are bound to increase further considering their AL East Division standings.

Jordan Moore praising the higher number of attendees at the Rays stadium in the early games of 2023.
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Tampa Bay Rays average attendance in 2019 was only 14,552 with a total audience flow of 1.178 million that season. They were ranked last in the American League ranking for attendees in a game for 2019. 

Similarly, the Rays had the lowest average attendance in 2021 with only 9,396 guests attending the game at Tropicana field. The covid-19 pandemic in the previous season had affected the flow is people in that season for each MLB team.

The Tampa Bay Rays had an average attendance record of 15,477 in 2017. It was the last season they had a higher inflow of audience with the total reaching 1.253 million that season.

Below is the record for Rays Attendance by Year for the past ten seasons;

  • 2013 - 1,510,300 (Average per game 18,646)
  • 2014 - 1,446,464 (Average per game 17,858)
  • 2015 - 1,287,054 (Average per game 15,322)
  • 2016 - 1,286,163 (Average per game 15,879)
  • 2017 - 1,253,619 (Average per game 15,477)
  • 2018 - 1,154,973 (Average per game 14,259)
  • 2019 - 1,178,735 (Average per game 14,552)
  • 2021 - 761,072 (Average per game 9,396)
  • 2022 - 1,128,127 (Average per game 13,927)
  • 2023 (ongoing)- 1,127,833 (Average per game 18,191)

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