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Where was everybody? Missing fans creating a lot of noise after no sellout for Texas Rangers opener

(Associated Press photo/LM Otero)



ARLINGTON — Fans of the game on Tuesday wanted to know about the controversial call that ended the Texas Rangers’ home opener Monday.

The more casual fan wanted to know about the crowd at Globe Life Field, or lack thereof.

There were a lot empty seats for a game that is almost always sold out.

The announced attendance was 35,052, a tad more than 3,000 from full capacity. That number includes tickets sold, not actual butts in seats.

Swaths of empty green seats were visible in the outfield, especially the upper decks in right field and the orchestra seats above the left-field concourse.

For those wondering if the MLB lockout would have a lingering effect on baseball fans, the opening crowd might be an indication that some are still turned off by baseball’s longest work stoppage since 1994-95.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. $393 for a couple outfield seats. Absurd.

    1. Jeff Wilson April 14, 2022

      Shocking. I hope the Rangers learned their lesson.

  2. robbtheisen@swbell.net April 14, 2022

    I heard it cost $40 to park. That’s enough to keep me away until I see improvement in this team.

    1. Jeff Wilson April 14, 2022

      They’re going to be better, more competitive, but I get it. I wouldn’t pay $40 to park. Might as well Uber, though that’s not exactly cheap anymore.


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