Colorado Rockies: How Did the Attendance Do In 2016?
The Colorado Rockies finished their 2016 season with a 75-87 record and finished in third place in the National League West. The 75 wins were the team’s most since 2010, when it won 83 games, and was seven more than in 2015. How did the team’s attendance fare this season?
Well, the numbers have come in and the team enjoyed a higher attendance this season than over last. Per Monica Mendoza of the Denver Business Journal, 32,129 fans filed into Coors Field downtown on game day to see the Rockies play on average. That’s up from 2015, when the average game attendance was 30,948.
Over the 81 home games, this adds up to 2.6 million fans in attendance. And this number put the Rockies in the top-15 MLB teams with the highest attendance in the regular season.
The team with the highest attendance for 2016 was NL West rival the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had 3,703,312 attend their games, but this number was a 1.6 percent decrease from 2015.
The team with the lowest attendance was the Tampa Bay Rays, who had 1,286,163 attend their games, but this figure is a 3.1 percent increase from 2015.
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The 2.6 million people who attended Coors Field games this season didn’t get anywhere near touching the franchise record for attendance. This record of 3.9 million people from 1996 still stands strong and seems unlikely a record to be broken anytime soon.
Of course, it would be interesting to know just how many people came to the Rockies games this season to watch the actual game, or simply came to hang out at the party deck and drink.
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The franchise, of course, need to find a new manager for 2017. The team has a good young nucleus of talent. If the team threatens to make the playoffs next season, it would be obvious to see a bump again in attendance perhaps past the three million mark.