Opinion

Royals’ attendance increased for three 6:15 p.m. midweek games

The Royals averaged 28,859 fans per night for a three-game series against the Tigers this week.
The Royals averaged 28,859 fans per night for a three-game series against the Tigers this week. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It’s a small sample size, but it appears the Royals’ 6:15 p.m. starts this week were a success.

The three games against the Tigers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, games that started an hour earlier than usual, averaged 28,859 fans.

A series at a similar time last year, against the Twins, averaged 22,035.

The Royals scheduled earlier midweek night games in April and September based on feedback from fans.

“Especially families that said we’d love to come to more weeknight games but we’re getting home too late to get kids into bed for school,” said Toby Cook, the Royals’ vice president for publicity.

This year carried one big advantage over April 2015: the ticket-selling momentum of a World Series championship.

In September, the Royals will play seven Monday-Thursday games that begin at 6:15 p.m. Whether the Royals return to that time next season will depend on feedback from fans this week and in September.

“Do the crunch of time people feel getting home, gathering people, getting to the ballpark, are they willing to put up with in exchange for getting home early?” Cook said. “That’s what we want to find out.”

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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