How to increase attendance at Major League Baseball games

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DENVER, CO - MAY 09: Ballpark seats await the fans to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks face the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 09, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 10-5. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 09: Ballpark seats await the fans to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks face the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 09, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 10-5. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JUNE 25: A general view of the Colorado Rockies “The Rooftop” during the Colorado Rockies v the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on June 25, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 11-6. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – JUNE 25: A general view of the Colorado Rockies “The Rooftop” during the Colorado Rockies v the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on June 25, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 11-6. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images) /

1. A Rooftop-esque scene

There are a number of beautiful ballparks across Major League Baseball, but often times a beautiful ballpark isn’t enough.

For example, the Pittsburgh Pirates play at PNC Park and it’s widely considered one of the best stadiums in baseball, and over the last six or so years the Pirates have been a pretty good team. However, in 2018, they sit at 26th out of 30 teams in total attendance and per game attendance.

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What I’m proposing is not a new idea by any means, but it has seemed to have worked wonders in Denver in getting more and more people to the stadium.

The Rooftop deck at Coors field is a new way enjoy a baseball game, and it’s one of the best ideas in a very, very long time. I think if you slap a rooftop-esque party area in the newer stadiums, you can easily increase attendance numbers.

The Yankees installed a “party deck” above Monument Park in Yankee Stadium prior to the 2017 season. While the Yankees have never really had a problem with attendance, they still understood the fact that you need to keep your non baseball-crazed fans engaged. Their tickets are far more expensive for their party deck than the Rockies … but, again, it’s the Yankees.

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