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24/7 Wall St.: 13 Pro Teams Running Out of Fans

3. Houston Astros

10-yr. attendance decline: -36.1 percent
2002 W-L record: 84-78 (finished 2nd in NL Central)
2012 W-L record: 55-107 (finished 6th in AL Central)
League championships last decade: None

In the 2012 season the Astros again finished last place in their division with a record of just 55 wins and a whopping 107 losses. This was a far cry from their 2004 and 2005 seasons. In 2004 they made the playoffs, and in the 2005 season they made it to the World Series. Past teams featured stars such as Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, and Roy Oswalt. The team’s stadium, Minute Maid Park, is relatively new, first opening in 2000, but as the stadium has aged attendance has fallen. In 2002, the team averaged 31,079 fans per home game, filling 73.7 percent of the stadium. Last year, less than 20,000 tickets were sold for the average Astros game, filling less than half the stadium’s capacity on average. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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