With just 6 games left, and attendance standing at just a bit over 2.7 million (2,706,266) the Rangers would have to average just under 40,000 in attendance for the remaining 6 games to break their all time attendance record of 2,945,228, set in 1997. To even have a chance going into the final weekend, they will probably have to draw 100.000 over the next three days and even then it would require the entire last weekend to be complete sell outs. Sounds like a stretch, even in a pennant race although perhaps just short of impossible, Let's take a look at the upcoming three games series against the Indians.
Tuesday, September 13, Rangers vs. Indians 7:05 p.m.- The Rangers have a couple of ticket specials for this week that you should know about. Lexus Club Terrace seats are offered at "pay the day" prices so they are $13 today, $14 tomorrow... Best available right now for today are in section 207, well into the outfield. Or, Corner Box seats are offered, for those of you who like algebra for D+10 where D is the date. Of course, with over 3,000 tickets available on Stubhub, you can get Lexus Club Terrace for as little as $3-$5 a ticket, which, even with service fees comes out to much less than the Rangers direct offerings, and lower box and lower infield seats are widely available between $13 and $20. Miss Texas 2011, Kendall Morris will throw out the first pitch. There are also the usual Tuesday "thirsty Tuesday" offerings. Even though today's forecast is calling for 107 degrees and it is a weeknight and a schoolnight, judging by what is available from the Rangers, I would guess that the crowd tonight will be around if not over 30,000.
Wednesday September 14, Rangers vs. Indians 6:05 p.m- gates open at 4:30 (early gates at.4:00 p.m.) for this early evening Wednesday night game. Three Rangers players and a coach to be named later will be signing autographs in the concourse from 4:30 to 5:00. There will be a number of on field presentation shortly before game time including an award for Michael Young, a presentation regarding CPR survivors, and the ceremonial first pitch by a Special Olympics representative. The Cody Johnson band will perform the national anthem. All the "pay the day" specials remain in effect, plus the website Wednesday deals. On Stubhub, there are over 3,500 tickets available with prices presently a bit lower than Tuesday for lower box, and a bit more expensive for lower infield. Nolan will be cooking up his last batch of dollar dogs for the season so there's that. Should be 30,000 plus...
Thursday September 15, Rangers vs. Indians- The forecast is calling for sharply lower temperatures "only" in the low 90s and a chance of precipitation although probably not a high enough of a chance to make a rain out at all likely. Ticket situation is very similar to that for Tuesday and Wednesday. Lee Jackson will be singing the national anthem and Jonah Hill with Moneyball will be throwing out the first pitch. Yet another game that looks like it should be a good crowd for a weeknight.
Long range forecast for the weekend of September 23 through September 25- Seen only twice before in Arlington (September 26, 1999 and October 22, 2010) if you plan to come out to the ballpark this weekend there is a chance that you will get to see an unusual weather phenomena known as a "dogpile." While there is certainly a chance that the timeline might slip, and the location switch to Anaheim, if current trends hold up, near simultaneous storms in Dallas and Oakland on the afternoon of September 25 should lead to cloudy conditions with up to a 30% chance of dogpiles, chances peaking between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Dogpiles could also occur earlier in the weekend, although later gametimes on the West Coast on those days and current tracking forecasts reduce the chances significantly for those days. Having seen this phenomena in person last October, it is something really special, so make your plans now.