Mets attendance on the rise in NY

Citi Field is putting a**** in seats. 2022 sees solid attendance with a disappointing season

citi field at night
import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from pybaseball import team_game_logs, schedule_and_record

# Get the Mets game logs for the last 10 years
years = list(range(2013, 2023))  # Adjust this range as needed
frames = []

for year in years:
    logs = schedule_and_record(year, "NYM")
    # Remove the "(1)" style suffixes from the "Date" column
    logs['Date'] = logs['Date'].str.replace(r' \(\d+\)$', '', regex=True)
    logs['Date'] = logs['Date'] + f", {year}"
    # Convert the "Date" column to datetime format
    logs['Date'] = pd.to_datetime(logs['Date'], format='%A, %b %d, %Y')

2022 was a big year in attendance – proving the Mets are showing positive signs for the future of the organization.

The data represents the months with the highest attendance for the New York Mets each year from 2013 to 2022.

General Trend

There seems to be an overall positive trend in attendance. Starting from 2013 with an attendance of 414,662 in August, we see a peak in 2022 with 642,184 in August. This could indicate growing popularity, improved team performance, or successful marketing campaigns over these years.

Most Popular Months

July and August are the most frequently appearing months. Both of these are peak summer months, which are traditionally favorable for baseball due to summer vacations and favorable weather conditions.

Anomaly in 2020

In 2020, the highest attendance was only 7.0 in July, which is a severe drop. This is consistent with the real-world scenario where the COVID-19 pandemic had a substantial impact on sporting events, leading to many games being played without spectators or with limited capacity. It’s an outlier and shouldn’t be used to gauge the Mets’ popularity or success in that year.

Recovery in 2021

By 2021, attendance rebounded to 367,595 in July, which indicates a recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. However, it is not back to the pre-pandemic levels, suggesting that either some restrictions were still in place or a segment of the fan base was still hesitant to return to large public gatherings.

Peak in 2022

In 2022, there was a significant spike in attendance, with a record of 642,184 in August. This could indicate a full return to pre-pandemic norms, combined with factors like a strong team performance, pent-up demand from fans, or effective promotional strategies.