Dick Vitale on Rays Record Low Attendance: ‘Breaks My Heart’ [AUDIO]
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The Yankees lost three of four to Tampa Bay, but unfortunately for the Rays, no one was there to see it.
Tropicana Field had a record low for games in which they’ve hosted the Yankees, for there out of the four games. Through the first three games of the series, only 32,960 had showed up.
“It breaks my heart when I hear the Yankees are in town and there are less than 10,000,” said diehard Rays fan Dick Vitale, to Armen and Levack. “I just don’t understand it. It frustrates me, it really does. I know we need a new building. I hope that’s the answer but I would hate to see us lose baseball.”
So could a new stadium be the fix?
“I think it would help big time. I think we definitely need a new place with all the modern facilities, suites and I think you are going to see it go up in Tampa. I don’t think they are going to leave the area. I hope and pray they don’t.
“It is sad, Major League Baseball; you sit there and watch it. The other day they had a game with 8,000 and change. You just can’t exist like that.”
After 19 games last year, the Rays had a collective attendance of 358,477. After 19 games this year? 299,363.