Low attendance sparks high prices

By Ryan Whitehead

Angels fans have been used to seeing a sea of red over the past decade at Angel Stadium as sold out crowds packed every game. Now that red has turned into green as fans have noticed sparse crowds and a lot of empty seats. What are the reasons for fans not wanting to attend games this year?

Angel Stadium has broken various attendance records by drawing at least 3 million fans every season since 2003. Many writers have been tracking attendance, that looks like won’t surpass 3 million this year. Recently OC Register’s Angels beat writer Pedro Moura has been breaking stories dealing with owner Arte Moreno in his questionable ways and while dealing with bitter fans along the way. The attendance drop has been the largest in 15 seasons. Ticket revenue has in fact gone higher compared to last year.

The Angels have recently said that they don’t care if poor fans attend the games, they don’t want them there. They also said that they’re making more money of higher-priced tickets. Angels VP of marketing Robert Alvarado said he doesn’t really want poor people to attend games because they don’t spend money and ruins the experience for higher end fans. So the strategy pretty much is sell less tickets, but raise revenue with higher prices.

Perhaps if the Angels get back to their winning ways, prices will decline and fans will fill the seats. The sea of red is anticipated to return.