I just typed up these numbers in response to one of my friends (who happens to be a Phillie's fan) making a comment about how the Rays' fans are bandwagoners. I know I shouldn't get annoyed after hearing this all year, but I can't help but still get annoyed. Anyway, I found some interesting things...
|Attendance/game Adjusted by Regional Population (%)|
To find this last metric, I simply divided each year's attend/game numbers by the metropolitan area population for each city and then multiplied by 100. Obviously it's not a perfect metric, but it's kinda interesting at the same time.
Also, I just find it really funny that while Philly fans are uber loyal, they also didn't draw that many fans when they stunk. Their turnaround from a 65-97 record in 2000 to a 86-76 record in 2001 is comparable to our turnaround this year, but their attendance increased much less between those two years than our's did this year. But anyway, I think this pretty much proves that "fan loyalty" (as presented by the media and opposing fans) is not tied to attendance figures, but to length of a team's existence.