Padres' attendance in first 10 home games

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

I saw this tweet four days ago from VP of Marketing Wayne Partello regarding the Padres attendance.

I suspected that the Padres were so high on the list because they had had more home games than other teams and also played opponents with larger fan bases, namely the Dodgers and the Tigers.  But are attendance numbers really up?

Now that the Padres have played 10 home games I thought I'd compare their attendance to other Padres' seasons.  I totaled the attendance for the first 10 home games of each season.  Baseball-reference doesn't have the attendance data for some games in the 1970s so in that case I grabbed the first 10 games with attendance, so as not to throw off the numbers too much.  I'm leaving out the average attendance column because it's easy enough to divide by 10.

Keep in mind that the maximum capacity changed over time at San Diego/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium and the Padres played in Petco Park starting in 2004.  The first year in Petco has the highest attendance, due to all the excitement of the new ballpark.  Surprisingly 2014 doesn't seem to be off to that great of a start.  It falls behind the 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2007, 2005 and 2004 seasons at Petco Park.  So far we're only ahead of 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Attendance for first 10 Padres home games

Year

Attendance

Wins

1972

75,727

4

1971

83,236

1

1970

98,053

3

1969

108,668

5

1973

109,161

4

1974

124,390

5

1995

145,323

5

1981

147,507

4

1994

152,476

2

1993

174,427

4

1987

215,521

3

1980

216,891

7

1976

224,918

5

1975

226,556

4

2010

229,269

8

1988

234,438

7

1978

239,202

5

1983

242,840

5

1984

244,138

8

1982

245,785

8

2012

254,720

3

2013

254,900

3

1996

260,796

7

1979

261,565

5

1992

266,795

6

1989

267,276

4

1977

270,408

2

1991

278,465

5

2014

280,681

5

2011

289,554

3

1997

290,097

5

2009

300,282

6

2008

306,547

5

2003

314,788

5

1986

317,752

7

2006

320,484

3

2002

323,317

8

1990

324,187

6

2001

334,124

3

1985

345,010

7

2007

349,207

6

1998

349,457

8

1999

361,374

5

2005

372,848

7

2000

373,801

4

2004

381,064

6

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