http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/news/a ... p&c_id=cle
Shortly after Dolan's comments, the Indians took the field to play the Giants in what turned out to be a 10-7 loss, and Jeremy Sowers, in front of 4,181 fans and a national audience on MLB Network, delivered the first official pitch at the Tribe's new home away from home.
Clearly, though, the economy is going to impact the Indians at the turnstiles this spring. Having less than half of the 10,000-seat ballpark filled for the opener had to be viewed as a bit of a disappointment. But Dolan said he's not overly concerned with the attendance forecast.
"Cleveland fans love baseball," Dolan said. "And 85 degrees and clear blue skies sells itself."
Wow, for such a highly anticipated game, and all the media coverage by the local Phoenix media both in print and electronic, this is a big disappointment if you ask me. Half filled for the first game in a brand new place? Seems like a lot of fans have not carried over yet from Winter Haven to Goodyear or may be coming later in the spring.