Special Report

Sports Teams Running Out of Fans

8. Atlanta Braves
> Sport:
Baseball
> 10 year attendance decline: 20.6%
> Avg. home game attendance: 25,017
> Avg. capacity filled: 50.3%

The Atlanta Braves are just one of several MLB teams with a rapidly dwindling fan base. Home game attendance declined from an average of 31,514 fans in 2005 to only 25,017 in in 2015, a more than 20% decrease. While attendance records across all professional sports leagues may suggest waning interest in baseball, the Atlanta Braves’ uniquely precipitous drop is likely due to the team’s poor performance in recent years. The Braves started out the decade with their 14th consecutive division title win, a record high among MLB teams. However, after poor performance in subsequent years, the Braves rounded out the 2015 season with a 41% win record, one of the worst in baseball.

7. Philadelphia 76ers
> Sport:
Basketball
> 10 year attendance decline: 22.0%
> Avg. home game attendance: 13,940
> Avg. capacity filled: 68.6%

Attendance has dropped at 76ers home games by more than 20% over the last 10 years, and unless Philadelphia basketball fans enjoy disappointment, there is a good reason for that. The 76ers’ record has gotten worse every season since they last made the playoffs in 2012. The team currently has far and away the worst record in the NBA, with only four wins and 36 losses. The team currently plays at the Wells Fargo Center, which has a seating capacity of just over 20,000. However, in the most recent season, average game attendance fell just shy of 14,000 fans.

6. Houston Astros
> Sport:
Baseball
> 10 year attendance decline: 23.2%
> Avg. home game attendance: 26,587
> Avg. capacity filled: 64.9%

Over the last 11 MLB seasons, the Houston Astros only made it to the playoffs twice, once in 2005 and again in 2015. In the years between, the team had some abysmal seasons. In the three consecutive years through 2013, the Astros had more losses than any other team in the league. While attendance was relatively strong in the 2005 season leading up to the team’s playoff appearance, another strong showing in 2015 was not enough to win back many of the fans that witnessed the Astros’ losing streak. While 2005 attendance averaged 34,626 per home game, a relatively sparse 26,587 made it to home games 10 years later, a more than 23% drop.

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