Well, guess what? Considering the team-in-limbo status of the Lynx, the tale of woe constantly batted around in the media, and the parking situation at the ballpark, it's not that bad. For all that reasons not to go, Ottawa doesn't fare too badly compared to the markets in the independent Can-Am League, which starts its schedule around June 1:
That's right in line with the 2,200 or so fans the typical Can-Am League team draws, give or take the normal vagaries with attendance (competition, the team's record, the weather). The Lynx had bad breaks this season. The Senators' run in the NHL playoffs probably hurt, and it was one of the wettest Junes in recent years. The team only had 11 home dates in July, so that kept attendance down, and owning the International League basement hurt.
Lynx average attendance by month, 2007:
Post-June 1: 2,172
The 2006 numbers show the same fluctuations, albeit with the higher attendance associated with a club that was more successful on the field, finishing above .500:
Post-June 1: 2,407
Please keep this in mind when anyone tries to say there's no chance for baseball to succeed here again. There are fans, and if this city is given a chance to cheer for an indie-league team where there's more of a kinship with the players than in the affiliated minor leagues, those numbers would jump. It's worth a shot, but of course, that's coming from someone who wouldn't be taking the financial risk. (We're all about the sweat equity here.)
Does anyone find this ironic? Major-league baseball dismantled the Expos, which led to Ottawa proper turning away from the Lynx and the city selling off parking around the stadium. So what's the biggest complaint about the new Washington Nationals ballpark? There's hardly any parking.
Chiefs 5 Lynx 1 (boxscore, play-by-play): Go figure -- Joe Thurston gets our nod as team MVP one night and makes an error (he hasn't made many) that opens the door to the Chiefs' go-ahead four-run sixth. By our math, three hits over the remaining two games would give him a .300 average in the IL for the season.