The Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are not the teams people are exactly lining up to see this season. Going 3-6 and 2-6, respectively, they were reminded Monday of their slow start, and the draw of their play.
Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, is capable of seating 40,615 people. Monday the game sold a recorded 10,377 tickets. Roughly ¼ of the seats were purchased by fans of the teams. Of the 10,377 tickets sold, only 974 actually entered the park. Now, to defend the two clubs, the game time temperature was only 35 degrees Fahrenheit, and it did start 21 minutes late due to weather conditions.
Since the time they have been tracking attendance count at professional stadiums only a few other instances compare to the event Monday. Ironically, on April 9th, 1997, the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays had a fan attendance of just 746 at Comiskey Park – which is now Guaranteed Rate Field. The lowest recorded attendance to a professional baseball game is 0, which occurred on April 28, 2015 after Camden Yards was closed off to the public for safety purposes due to the rioting that took place in Baltimore.
While the White Sox have now been involved in two of the lowest recorded attendance games in baseball history that do not involve the field being closed off to the public, neither one came remotely close to the lowest reported attendance. On September 28, 1882, a reported 6 people were in attendance for a game between the Troy Trojans and the Worcester Ruby Legs.
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