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I ask my uncle, who lives outside of Sarasota, why the Rays haven't been doing better with attendence since they became a good team all the time. As a Baltimore fan, I just can't wrap my head around a good team not drawing fans. Especially this late in the season. He says it's really the geopgraphic location of the stadium and the limited options (bridges) to get there. Plus it's an ugly dome with no open roof.

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I ask my uncle, who lives outside of Sarasota, why the Rays haven't been doing better with attendence since they became a good team all the time. As a Baltimore fan, I just can't wrap my head around a good team not drawing fans. Especially this late in the season. He says it's really the geopgraphic location of the stadium and the limited options (bridges) to get there. Plus it's an ugly dome with no open roof.

I have clients from Tampa and they say the same thing. Baseball will never really be that great in Tampa because of the reasons listed.

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Also contributing is the fact that Yankees games are on local television in Tampa due to their longtime presence there. Plus many NY and New England geezers that retire down there can get their relatives who still live up north to come down for a visit with the promise of a couple games for less than the cost of a single game in their home stadiums.

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I understand the NY and BOS contingency in FLA. It is where they all retire. I also kind of get them coming to Baltimore. It's close, cheaper than their home parks and many of them live in the area now for work or school.

I cannot understand the Steelers contingency EVERYWHERE. People always say a lot of Pittsburgh was displaced when the steel mills shut down, which is why there are Steeler bars across the US, but I call BS. Pittsburgh was not NY or BOS back then. It was the size of Baltimore.

Sometimes you just have to chalk it up to fairweather fans. That and I guess Steeler colors go better with Harley Davidson gear.

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I understand the NY and BOS contingency in FLA. It is where they all retire. I also kind of get them coming to Baltimore. It's close, cheaper than their home parks and many of them live in the area now for work or school.

I cannot understand the Steelers contingency EVERYWHERE. People always say a lot of Pittsburgh was displaced when the steel mills shut down, which is why there are Steeler bars across the US, but I call BS. Pittsburgh was not NY or BOS back then. It was the size of Baltimore.

Sometimes you just have to chalk it up to fairweather fans. That and I guess Steeler colors go better with Harley Davidson gear.

You mean the black and orange Harley gear?

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I've thought a lot about the Rays and this very issue. They need a new ballpark in the absolute worst way. Even with geographical and location problems, who wants to go and see a game at Tropicana Field? It might not solve all of their problems with regards to attendance, but I have to believe that a new park, plus a good team, will go a long way towards getting people out to see the Rays.

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