The Baltimore Orioles set a record-low for attendance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on a cold, gloomy Monday night.
After taking a thrilling 4-game series against the New York Yankees, the Baltimore Orioles return home to play in front of a 7,915 in attendance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Monday night versus the Toronto Blue Jays. The record-low attendance resulted in a stadium capacity of just 17 percent.
Much of the blame should be directed to the below-normal temperatures invading much of the eastern half of the United States.
Per Baseball-Reference.com, start time weather at OPACY on Monday night was a frigid 44 degrees with clouds filling up the sky. Not your ideal weather for a Monday night baseball game.
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The less than 8,000 fans who journeyed out to watch their beloved Orioles on Monday night saw the team waste a terrific outing by ace Dylan Bundy in the O’s 7-1 loss.
Most depressing, the 7,915 in attendance on Monday night is the new all-time low at Oriole Park at Camden Yards since the stadium opened in 1992.
A day later, 8,640 showed up to Camden Yards on what was a much nicer day in Baltimore, but still quite chilly.
And it’s not like the Orioles have a prominent weekend series at home ahead either. In fact, the Orioles are just home for their current three-game series versus the Blue Jays before heading back out for another seven-game road trip that starts Friday in Boston.
After the series wraps up against the Blue Jays, the Orioles don’t return home until April 20 against the Cleveland Indians.
From the open of OPACY in 1992 through 2000, the Orioles attendance averaged well over 40,000 per home game. Since 2000, the attendance has been on a steep decline averaging 32,404 in 2005 to 21, 672 in 2011.
In the Orioles first playoff season in 2012, the average attendance at OPACY was only 25,954. Compare that to the last postseason appearance (1997 Orioles season), when the average home attendance was 45, 816 per game.
Last season, the last-place Orioles finished No. 25 in MLB attendance with an average of 25,042 per home game, the lowest average attendance since 2011.