The Cardinals have the fourth highest attendance decline in the major leagues at nearly 171,000, or 2,843 a game, before Tuesday night’s game here. The troubled Los Angeles franchise leads with a dropoff of more than half a million fans from this time last year.
But, with four weekend series remaining — with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Chicago — and Willie McGee and Holliday bobblehead promotions this Friday and Sunday, Joe Strohm, vice president of ticket sales, said the Cardinals still will exceed three million fans for the eighth year in a row and 15th year overall. Strohm said the club would exceed three million on Friday, Sept. 23 against the Cubs.
...Before the season began, there was some hope in the organization that 3.2 million would be reached but Strohm said, “We were comfortable that (3.1 million) was going to be the number, especially when we saw early in the season how weather plays such an important role. We battled the weather pretty heavily.”
While there will be disappointment in the final numbers, Strohm said the Cardinals, with the 24th largest market, will finish sixth in attendance. “We definitely do not take that for granted,” said Strohm.