Baseball Stadiums’ Impact on Game Attendance

The study conducted by Roy (2008) was based on the previous literature claiming that over one hundred new minor league baseball stadiums had been established in a span of 10 years since 1990 but their economic relevance was unyielding in the long run. Moreover, it was evident that many researches had been conducted to address various issues in the major baseball stadiums. However, there were few reliable empirical studies to address the minor baseball teams which formed relationship within the community in order to uphold civic pride. The researcher retrieved literature indicating that the economic prowess expected from the new stadiums was limited to attendance and presence of the sporting events. In this regard, the researcher evaluated the effects of new minor league baseball stadiums according to the yearly turnout from 101 stadiums launched from the year 1993 to 2004.

Data was collected from the records of the stadium where people signed on entrance, as well as from income tax data and estimation of population. The results of this study showed minimal improvement between the second and fifth year since the opening of the stadium where an increment of 0.2% was noted from the first to fifth year. However, a significant difference was noted for stadiums replacing the existing venues since an increment between the fifth year of the new stadium and final year of the old one was 74%. Furthermore, it was noted that the numbers of people attending the independent and class A leagues were increased. The research noted that new stadiums had to attain customers in order to bring high profits in the long-run.

This article from Roy (2008) has reliable presentation of thought and ideas. To argue the purpose of its occurrence, it has relied on previous literature. In fact, the evaluation of previous literature is pointed out when bringing a distinction between a minor and major league baseball stadiums. Also, the researcher applied factual background information that is relevant to create meaning in regard to the purpose of conducting the study. The sample population of 101 stadiums was adequate and enough to generalize the results at highly accurate levels. The findings were discussed depending on the results of the study where figures were used to present information and deliver explicit analysis. However, the methods applied while collecting data were not stated and discussed clearly. It is impossible to identify how the fields were selected in order to determine the randomization of the process. This attribute implied that the data could have been affected by biased sample selection. It could have been affected by the secondary data collected outside the research plans.

Apparently, sport coaching venues and physique of these places as well as the fans of such events influence and motivate the trainees in achieving their goals. In this respect, it is apparent that an understanding of how these venues operate and attract many people is essential in my research topic. Essentially, sports and coaching are based on the income retrieved from fans and investors. This aspect implies that the success of sporting must exist in a mutual success to that of fans’ development. Since this spectacle relies of stadiums which can hold many people, their evaluation on minor and major leagues is paramount especially while striving to provide meaningful training to the players.


Roy, D. (2008). Impact of New Minor League Baseball Stadiums on Game Attendance. Sport Marketing Quarterly, 17(4), 146-153.

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