A’s Will Pack their (small) House for Game 3

The Oakland A’s play in a stadium that CAN hold 50,000 fans, but over the past few years, management has decided to “cover” approximately 19,000 seats in the outfield so the facility doesn’t look so empty when an average 20,000 show up.  Their current seating capacity is the lowest in the Majors.

Now that the Athletics are back in the playoffs, fans were expecting the club to remove the tarps that cover those outfield seats.  But this is not to be, at least for this round of the post-season.

Beyond all expectations, the tarps are staying put. Despite a capacity crowd of 36,067 on the season’s final day, the tarps are staying put. In the face of outcry from fans seeking playoff tickets, including the Web site removethetarps.com, the tarps are staying put.

So, even if the A’s play to a sellout tonight (as they did in game 162, in front of 36,067), they’ll play in front of one of the smallest crowds in recent post-season history.  Here are the smallest post-season crowds in the division play era (1969-forward):

Date Vis Home  Attend
10/4/70 BAL MIN    27,490
10/10/73 BAL OAK    27,497
10/5/70 MIN BAL    27,608
10/9/74 OAK BAL    28,136
10/4/11 TEX TBA    28,299
10/7/72 DET OAK    29,566
10/8/72 DET OAK    31,068
10/2/02 MIN OAK    31,953
10/8/74 OAK BAL    32,060
10/16/85 KCA TOR    32,084
10/6/02 MIN OAK    32,146
10/6/69 BAL MIN    32,735
10/8/86 CAL BOS    32,786
10/3/11 TEX TBA    32,828
10/7/86 CAL BOS    32,993
10/14/86 CAL BOS    32,998
10/15/86 CAL BOS    33,001
10/3/70 CIN PIT    33,088
10/2/98 CLE BOS    33,114
10/5/71 BAL OAK    33,176
10/16/99 NYA BOS    33,190
10/3/98 CLE BOS    33,537
10/9/99 CLE BOS    33,539
10/17/99 NYA BOS    33,586
10/18/99 NYA BOS    33,589
10/21/86 NYN BOS    33,595
10/10/99 CLE BOS    33,898
10/22/86 NYN BOS    33,920
10/23/86 NYN BOS    34,010
10/9/85 KCA TOR    34,029
10/5/88 OAK BOS    34,104
10/11/03 NYA BOS    34,209
10/6/95 CLE BOS    34,211
10/7/81 PHI MON    34,237
10/9/73 BAL OAK    34,367
10/13/03 NYA BOS    34,599
10/6/88 OAK BOS    34,605
10/14/03 NYA BOS    34,619
10/17/04 NYA BOS    34,826
10/1/02 MIN OAK    34,853
10/11/08 BOS TBA    34,904
10/24/04 SLN BOS    35,001
10/10/08 BOS TBA    35,001
10/4/71 OAK BAL    35,003
10/23/04 SLN BOS    35,035
10/2/08 CHA TBA    35,041
10/5/03 OAK BOS    35,048
10/7/81 NYA MIL    35,064
10/7/90 OAK BOS    35,070
10/18/04 NYA BOS    35,120
10/16/04 NYA BOS    35,126
10/6/90 OAK BOS    35,192
10/11/75 CIN BOS    35,205
10/12/75 CIN BOS    35,205
10/21/75 CIN BOS    35,205
10/22/75 CIN BOS    35,205
10/3/08 CHA TBA    35,257
10/4/03 OAK BOS    35,460
10/6/10 TEX TBA    35,474
10/6/71 SFN PIT    35,487
10/7/05 CHA BOS    35,496
10/7/10 TEX TBA    35,535
10/8/04 ANA BOS    35,547
10/9/01 ATL HOU    35,553
10/4/75 OAK BOS    35,578
10/5/75 OAK BOS    35,578
10/21/01 ARI ATL    35,652
10/10/06 DET OAK    35,655
10/6/06 MIN OAK    35,694
10/10/01 ATL HOU    35,704
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2 Responses to A’s Will Pack their (small) House for Game 3

  1. Ember Nickel says:

    Huh. I don’t remember (despite having attended a couple!), the Twins didn’t open up their football-only seats at the Metrodome for the playoffs, did they?

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