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Padres will surpass total attendance for last year

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The Padres have a disappointing 66-73 record, which is the same record as they did last year after 139 games.  All those off-season moves didn't make much of a difference when it came to the team's winning percentage, but it sure helped the attendance.  As Padres we fans bought the marketing message hook, line and sinker and purchased our tickets early and often.  I say "we" but really I mean "you", since I've attended my fewest number of games since probably 1999.  The Padres would trade me for you every year if they could, as they should.

Ben Higgins notes on his Twitter that tonight the Padres will pass last year's entire season attendance and they still have 10 more home games to play.

Here's my break down of the season averages after 70 home games for each season.  The data is courtesy of Baseball-Reference.  If the Padres are ever going to get their attendance up to the peak levels in 2004, the team will either need to start winning or build a new ballpark.  The new ballpark may be an easier feat, at least it seems that way to this fan.

Attendance after 70 home games

Year

Game Average Attendance

70 home game total

Wins in 70 home games

2004

36,944

2,586,102

35

2005

35,373

2,476,137

38

2007

34,569

2,419,839

40

2006

32,565

2,279,535

33

1999

31,625

2,213,746

41

1998

31,338

2,193,641

49

2015

30,902

2,163,150

34

2008

30,336

2,123,535

31

1985

29,837

2,088,570

37

2000

29,427

2,059,915

39

2001

28,819

2,017,318

32

2002

28,402

1,988,167

37

2014

27,175

1,902,222

40

2013

27,023

1,891,627

38

1997

26,576

1,860,350

34

1989

26,477

1,853,355

40

1996

26,060

1,824,206

39

2011

25,777

1,804,397

29

2012

25,767

1,803,713

36

2010

25,568

1,789,758

41

2003

24,534

1,717,411

30

1990

24,435

1,710,484

33

1984

24,272

1,699,042

44

2009

24,102

1,687,136

36

1986

23,658

1,656,055

38

1991

23,007

1,610,456

35

1992

22,063

1,544,420

40

1978

21,572

1,510,027

42

1982

20,979

1,468,499

37

1983

20,282

1,419,748

40

1979

19,616

1,373,150

33

1976

19,612

1,372,847

37

1988

19,183

1,342,803

40

1987

18,573

1,300,122

33

1977

18,518

1,296,252

30

1993

17,657

1,235,969

29

1975

17,128

1,198,942

33

1980

15,188

1,063,158

41

1995

14,727

1,030,918

39

1974

13,877

971,408

32

1994

16,735

953,886

26

1972

9,190

643,273

24

1970

8,703

609,238

27

1969

8,507

595,455

23

1973

8,135

569,458

27

1981

10,365

559,711

20

1971

7,958

549,075

26