It has been a tough season in Philadelphia. The fans have watched the Philadelphia Phillies struggle again and again. They are currently watching them go through an eight-game losing streak. It is painful to be a fan right now.
Tonight, the Phillies are opening a nine-game home stand. It will be interesting to see the attendance during these games.
Attendance has been down this season since the Phillies have not been playing their best baseball. They are sixth in the majors with an average of 38,797 people per game. That may not seem bad but from 2008 until 2012, they had over 45,000 fans per game and had a sellout streak. The Phillies were also tops in attendance in 2011 and 2012.
The Phillies are 11.5 games out of first place in the NL East. They are also nine games back in the Wild Card standings. It is hard to get fans to come out in the heat and watch a team play awful baseball.
The Phillies need to come up with something quick to get fans to the games. They have their promotional schedule with the theme nights and bobble heads, but that may not be enough. The public relations team has to think of something creative, such as a free tour of the ball park, food vouchers or parking passes.
This weekend is alumni weekend, which seems to always be popular at the ball park. Former Phillies player Curt Schilling will be inducted into the Phillies Hall of Fame. After this weekend, though, it could be a struggle to get fans to go to games if the Phillies do not start winning. Something has to be done to get attendance up.