With the development of a solid group of young players, a few key free agent acquisitions the last 2 years, and the Gonzalez trade yesterday, the Nationals' brass are announcing to MLB they are ready to turn the corner. They just need their fans to believe it enough to fill the seats. Nationals Park opened its doors in 2008 in not-so-grand fashion ranking 13th among 16 NL teams in average attendance and it hasn't been much better since, as seen below:
Year Attendance Per Game NL Rank Payroll
2007 1,943,812 23,998 14/16 $36,947,500 (RFK Stadium)
2008 2,320,400 29,005 13/16 $54,961,000 (Nats Park)
2009 1,817,226 22,435 13/16 $59,928,000
2010 1,828,066 22,569 14/16 $61,400,000
2011 1,940,478 24,256 14/16 $63,442,928
Based upon the above, when you do the math in D.C. for 2008:
Avg. Ticket $25.00 x attendance = $58,010,000 or a whopping $3,049,000 in the black.
|Let's hope 2012 will be better|
|Phillies Phans at Nationals Park|
The above players, along with an emerging SS in Ian Desmond, a solid young catcher in Wilson Ramos, possible playing time for uber-talented wunderkind Bryce Harper, and a starting pitching staff of Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez, Chien Ming Wang, and John Lannan, could very well help the Nationals post their first +.500 season of their seven previous spent in D.C. It's about as close to "the-time-is-now" as it can get and I'd certainly hope Nats fans come out to "support the team" along the way. Baseball will certainly be relevant and competitive in Washington in 2012.
Washington Nationals Projected 2012 Lineup