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MLB: Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Some 41,414 fans flocked to the ballpark yesterday to celebrate Memorial Day and cheer on their Cubbies. Only the first two games of the season against the Giants outdrew the Cubs on a holiday.

Overall though attendance is down compared to the first 24 home games of last year’s All-Star year. A decline of 10% attendance doesn’t seem so bad considering the team outwardly tanking the season in hopes of picking up a high draft pick. While that number is based on tickets sold and maybe some fudging by the team, the park has appeared far emptier than it has in the past.

Attendance in 24 home games

Year Average Total Change Wins
Year Average Total Change Wins
2004 35,947 862,726 13
2005 33,622 806,917 -6% 18
2006 30,738 737,722 -9% 11
2007 31,797 763,121 3% 15
2008 29,256 702,147 -8% 10
2009 25,858 620,583 -12% 17
2010 24,098 578,343 -7% 14
2011 25,676 616,216 7% 8
2012 22,715 545,152 -12% 10
2013 25,792 619,017 14% 13
2014 26,360 632,643 2% 12
2015 31,398 753,543 19% 11
2016 28,415 681,971 -9% 10
2017 25,682 616,362 -10% 10

For my part, I haven’t helped. I’ve only attended three games this season and they were all in early April. I need to get back out to the park at some point, but I have followed the games on radio and TV much closer than in the past several years. There might be something to watching young developing players lose over what we’ve seen in the past.

The Padres 5 Win Pass won’t be the decider for me. While it might lure some fans out to the park, it feels too much like an all-you-can-eat buffet, where you are trying to get the best value by stuffing your face with vast amounts of low quality food so you don’t feel ripped off. Frankly I don’t want to attend so many back-to-back games hoping I get to see at least 5 wins. I’d burn out on the Petco Park experience real fast by doing that.

2017 Attendance by Day

Day Wins Games Win % Avg Attendance
Day Wins Games Win % Avg Attendance
Thursday 1 3 33.33 16,182
Wednesday 1 3 33.33 16,977
Tuesday 1 4 25 17,415
Monday 3 3 100 25,012
Sunday 1 3 33.33 31,268
Friday 2 4 50 32,590
Saturday 1 4 25 37,006