A’s attendance at the Coliseum is much stronger and more positive than the common perception. Yes, we want the A’s to get a new ballpark and there have been ups and downs over the decades for the A’s, just like the vast majority of MLB franchises. But if your argument is the A’s must leave Oakland because attendance is not ideal right now, then you would be moving about 2/3 of MLB teams at various times in their history.
- Drew more than 2 million fans only three times.
- Drew above the National League average only once.
- Drew above the National League median only twice.
- Never drew better than 4th among National League teams, and they did that only once.
- Finished in the bottom third among National League teams in 23 of 32 seasons.
- Finished at least third-to-last among National League teams in 15 of 32 seasons.
By comparison, from 1968 to 1999, the A’s:
- Drew more than 2 million fans six times. (Twice as many times as the Giants)
- Drew above the American League average six times (Much better than what the Giants did in the National League)
- Drew above the American League median at least seven times. (NOTE: You could argue it occurred nine times, but in two seasons, they’re just slightly above the borderline, so to be generous, we’ll toss those seasons out. Seven times is still way more than what the Giants achieved in the National League.)
- Outdrew the Giants 17-15 in those 32 seasons, and outdrew the Giants 17-8 in the first 25 seasons they shared this market.
- Drew 2.9 million fans in 1990, setting a Bay Area single-season attendance record that held for a decade. The New York Yankees did not reach that milestone until 1998, eight years AFTER Oakland accomplished this.