Suffice to say, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2014 season hasn’t exactly gone as planned. They struggled out of the gate, suffered multiple injuries and once again found themselves trailing by a substantial number of games in the National League West standings.
While the Dodgers were a more than formidable opponent when on the road, they were below .500 at home through much of the season thus far. It wasn’t until recently the Dodgers had a winning record at Chavez Ravine, which is now back to .500 following Tuesday’s loss.
Despite their inability to consistently win at Dodger Stadium, the fans haven’t been dissuaded from attending and the Dodgers announced Tuesday they are the first team to pass 2,000,000 in home attendance this season:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 2, 2014
With one of the more larger ballparks in MLB, the Dodgers lead the the Majors in average attendance (46,190), according to ESPN. Entering Wednesday, their total attendance this season is listed at 2,032,362, which is more than 117,000 than the second-place San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers finished first in attendance last season, totaling over 3.7 million. While there isn’t necessarily hard and true evidence the SportsNet LA television rights deal has influenced fans to attend more games this season, statistics did show a higher attendance rate this season, along with a rise in radio ratings.
During the month of June, the Dodgers went 10-5 at home as they made up a deficit that grew to as many as 9.5 games back of the Giants in the National League West standings.
After concluding their three-game series with the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, the Dodgers will play just seven home games the remainder of the month, compared to 15 on the road.
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