It looks like the hype that surrounded the Toronto Blue Jays just a few years back has started to dissipate. The Rogers Centre was practically a ghost-stadium on Monday, April 1st as the Jays hosted the Baltimore Orioles for the first game in what will be a three-game series against the team. According to MLB reporter Gregor Chisholm, the attendance of the Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre was just 10,460 people. Which makes it the worst turnout at a Jays game in nine years, when the team pulled in just 10,341 fans against the Royals in 2010.
Those who did attend the game couldn’t help but notice that they were strangely alone in the massive stadium. Many attendees shared photographs of the event which captured the eerie atmosphere of the poor turnout. In the photos, the centre’s upper deck is seen almost completely empty like a barren wasteland of blue seats just begging to be filled.
Judging by the images shared on social media, anyone could make the argument that there were actually far less than 10,000 fans who actually attended, regardless of the official figure that was announced at Monday's game.
The 10,460 is the smallest crowd at Rogers Centre since April 19, 2010, when 10,314 came out to see the Royals at Rogers Centre. #BlueJays
Going to go out on a limb and say it’ll be quiet in here tonight. pic.twitter.com/HbTzCJ7rK5
Last season, the Jays averaged 29,066 fans per home game, according to ESPN -which isn’t exactly pandemonium, but it is certainly a lot better than 10,000. However, it is important to note that most teams struggle to get fans out early in the season, especially if it’s cold outside and the game is on a weekday. It is likely the Jays will be banking on summer to fill more seats.
Hopefully, the Jays will be able to recapture some of the magic that they had just a few years back when it seemed like the whole city was going to the games. If not, at least us die-hards will have no trouble scoring seats.