The Lansing Lugnuts, should’ve played eight home games by now, but rain and thunderstorms have caused them only to play four, and causing some fans to stay home instead of heading out to the stadium.
Lansing residents however agree that the Lugnuts are a good attraction for Lansing. Lugnut’s fans, Kevin Logan and Steve Smith said that for a minor league baseball team they get good attendance. They also said that it was the first time they had been to a postponed game.
Lugnuts data shows that the average attendance for the 2012 season was 5,239 people per game. The stadium has a capacity for 7,300 permanent seats.
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, radio broadcaster for the team said that it is more convenient to play on a day where more fans will go. On April 17, there were less than 15 attendees at the stadium. He added that the team has to take care of the field, which can be damaged because of bad weather. He said that the highest attendance games for the Lugnuts are the game against MSU (postponed to May 1) and the 4th of July match.
The Lansing Lugnuts have an enormous impact in Lansing according to Goldberg-Strassler. He said that before the Lugnuts arrived in 1996, Lansing used to be a terrible neighborhood, but their presence has been positive for the city.
“Now there are bars, restaurants, a convention center, a city market,” he said. “It wouldn’t have happened without the Lugnuts.”
Ron and Janet Baker, a couple from Eaton Rapids said that the Lugnuts are important to the city, and that it was the first time they had been to a postponed game. They said they go to about 4 or 5 games a year.
The Lugnuts were scheduled to play Michigan State University, but inclement weather postponed the game to May 1. The Lugnuts also played twice out of three against the South Bend Silver Hawks and once out of three against the West Michigan Whitecaps.