Report: Empty Seats To Cost Dodgers $27 Million

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It seems like decades ago Jamie McCourt boldly predicted the Dodgers would sell 4 million tickets in a season and she was almost right  in 2007 when the team sold 3.85 million tickets , most in the National League.

Dodger Stadium was rocking — just two season ago, the Dodgers outdrew everyone in baseball, including the New York Yankees in their inaugural ballpark, averaging over 46,000 per game.

So it comes as no surprise to see a  report in the the Los Angeles Times that  the team could lose at least $27 million this season from reduced ticket sales, concession and parking revenue for the 2011 season.

Average attendance at Dodgers games is down 17.7 percent to below 37,000, but that’s the official number which is tickets sold — the actual fans in seats is much lower.

While that is still a decrease from previous years, the big hurt  is when the fans don’t use their tickets,  concessions and parking revenues take a major hit.

On the field, Los Angeles fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks, falling 10 games out of first place.

Expect attendance to continue its decline the rest of the season and if the ownership is still in place, you have to believe season ticket sales for 2012 will plummet.

  • igor doublebubblevich

    Boring event, fat nose picking managers arguing with umpires, how stupid! no is action and a mans sport.

    • la82

      How old are you? you sound like a complete ignorant idiot.

      • Shiggity

        I would have to agree with Igor. I’m 40, and baseball is the most lame sport ever. Who named it americas sport?

  • fed up

    Is it any wonder they are losing fans? First, we have Frank McF-up and his drama. THEN, we have gang punks that have taken over the stadium. I haven’t been to a game in years because I can’t stand the language and threats from the ‘fans’ that are all over the stadium. The beating that happened just put the frosting on the cake for alot of people. Frankie, you are getting out of it what you have put in to it.

  • Travis Mogren

    As soon as Frank McBankrupt is out of there I will be more then happy to attend, hell I might even get season tickets, but i’m not going to give this guy any money for his “Dream Team” of attorneys and watch him stroll around in $5K suits, with a slick thousand dollar haircut.

    • Shiggity

      It cost $1000 to get his haircut? I can cut it for half that….lol

  • TT

    I think the Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to make a very clear statement to MLB and the Mcourts, now its a matter of weather they care or not – Im sure MLB does – pretty sure Frank M doesnt give darn about baseball –
    he cares about how to make money – like any good owner of any business should, but unfortunately the fans have made it clear – this isnt a business he should be in anymore….Because this isnt going to proft him if the LA fans have anything to do with it …

  • Shiggity

    They need to ship the Dodgers to North Dakota…

  • TiredOfWhiningOverpaidPlayers

    Do what everyone else in the real world does, cut their salaries.
    A 10-15% pay cut should make up most of that $27 mil.

  • E

    I took my family to bobblehead night a couple of weeks ago. Cops everywhere which was great, between cost of my tix, parking fees, food, beer, etc. I was out about $225.
    Lines at concessions, took 20+ minute waits for food, 20+ min waits for a $10 a cup
    domestic beer. I used to attend 4-6 games a season, first one and last for this season. McFart, get the “f” out of the baseball biz, go back to airport parking lots.

  • ES

    Going to Dodger stadium is like being in Tijuana. @#%$ that.

  • igor doublebubblevich

    ever watch reality show bait car?dodger paeking lot is already set up for filming, all the east LA cholos are in the lot.

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