CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox registered their lowest paid attendance for a series since 2004, after averaging 12,663 fans over their four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field.
The last time the White Sox drew less in average paid attendance for a series was when they averaged 12,657 fans against the Cleveland Indians from April 27-29 in 2004.
Against the Orioles this week, the White Sox had a paid attendance of 13,732 fans on Monday, 11,267 on Tuesday, 13,818 on Wednesday and 11,836 on Thursday. Tuesday’s single-game paid attendance was the smallest since having a paid attendance of 10,800 against the Indians on April 7, 2005.
White Sox DH Adam Dunn said prior to Thursday’s game he wasn’t bothered by the lack of attendance in the series.
“I don’t ever get into that because it’s a lose-lose situation,” Dunn said. “Obviously, you want a packed house every night, but you understand there’s a lot of different factors – the weather, Blackhawks playing.
“Whatever, we’re going to play regardless if there’s one person in the stands or a million. We’re going to play the same. It’s a lot more fun for everyone to play in front of people, your home fans. Again, it is what it is. You can’t change it.”
Heading to games on Thursday, the White Sox ranked 27th in baseball with an average attendance of 22,610 fans in six games. The Indians ranked in last place with an average of 18,219, and the Philadelphia Phillies ranked first with 45,448 fans.
The White Sox ranked 21st last season with an average of 24,705 fans.