Rays Fans Prove They Don’t Deserve An MLB Team By Breaking Century Old Record During Game 1

Despite yet another impressive season, boasting a remarkable 99-63 record—ranking fourth best in MLB this year—the Tampa Bay Rays continue to grapple with a lack of fan support.

During Game 1 of their AL Wild Card series against the Texas Rangers, the Rays struggled to fill their stadium, with only a paltry 19,704 fans in attendance. This marked the lowest attendance for a non-COVID playoff game since 1919.

The last postseason game with a smaller crowd occurred during Game 7 of the 1919 World Series in Cincinnati, a year marred by the “Black Sox” scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players were accused of game-fixing.

Throughout the 2023 season, the Rays ranked fourth lowest in total attendance, with just over 1.4 million fans. Remarkably, the team has consistently been among the bottom four in attendance for more than a decade.

Despite this attendance challenge, the Rays announced their ambitious plans for a new $1.3 billion stadium in St. Petersburg last month. The new facility, boasting a seating capacity of 30,000 and the potential for up to 35,000 for other events, is set to open its doors in 2028.

Unfortunately, the Rays faced a disheartening loss in front of their modest home crowd on Tuesday, falling 4-0. The game was marred by four errors, extending their postseason losing streak to six games, dating back to 2021.