You probably know Jon Bois best as the moderator of The Dugout, but there’s more to him than merely inventing insanely clever screen names for ballplayers. Like this piece for example, in which he takes a look at the often erratic and increasingly diminishing attendance spikes new ballparks have brought their teams. Upshot: recessions and labor stoppages rather suck.
It’s more of an observational piece than an opinion piece, but I do take slight issue with one of Jon’s conclusions:
I wonder, though, whether the Yankees and Mets would have built these stadiums if they knew a recession was on the way. Based upon the attendance trends of the other baseball stadiums built this decade, they probably won’t get the short-term revenue boost they could really use.
Maybe not an attendance boost — and given that the parks are slightly smaller, that’s a given even if they sold out most games — but given how much more expensive everything about these new parks is, I think that revenue will increase substantially.