On July 1, the Los Angeles Dodgers became the first major league team to reach two million fans in attendance for the 2013 season.
This got me pretty excited and renewed my faith in Dodgers fans. Often advertised as lazy and not committed, Los Angeles natives rarely get a good reputation for supporting their local team. Now I have a factual statistic to provide evidence that the Dodgers really do have great fans.
That is, at least, until I actually looked up the facts.
The truth of the matter is that the Dodgers do indeed have more total fan attendance than any other team in MLB this year, including cross-state rivals the San Francisco Giants. But when I looked up the list of attendance leaders, I found that the Dodgers did not rank first, and in fact barely cracked the top 10!
This conflicting report confused me until I realized that the list was not sorted by total attendance, but by percentage of stadium capacity filled. In that category, the Dodgers ranked 12th, filling only 79.0 percent of Dodger Stadium every home game.
As they so painfully often do, the Giants topped the Dodgers, boasting the top spot with 99.4 percent capacity filled. Shaming Dodgers fans with their ability to pack the seats, Giants fans surely have been more devoted to their team.
On average, the Dodgers do have about 2,000 more fans than the Giants at each home game (44,229 to 41,646, respectively), but Dodger Stadium holds 56,000 fans, while the Giants’ AT&T Park holds about 15,000 less people. This difference in capacity is the reason the Giants bested the Dodgers in capacity percentage.
I have seen too many Dodgers games on TV and in person with empty seats scattered all over the park. L.A. natives and Dodgers supporters everywhere need to step up and support their team through thick and thin. Get to the park, Dodgers fans!
Isaac Comelli is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @IsaacComelli, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+. You can see all of his articles here.