ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It was an impressive closing night at the gate for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
The Dodgers affiliate reported 14,855 fans coming through the gates Thursday for the final home game of the year, one of the team's best attended games in 11 years in Albuquerque.
It still wasn't enough to stop the team from breaking a record it didn't want to break. 2013 is officially the Isotopes' worst season when it comes to average per game attendance. It's the first year the team has averaged fewer than 8,000 fans a game.
The per game number is more than 4 percent off of the team's peak in 2009 when more than 600,000 fans came through the gates, helped by rehab game appearances by former Dodger Manny Ramirez.
Overall, it's the second worst total attendance figure for the Isotopes, topping the 2007 season when the Isotopes had one extra rainout compared to this year.
"You look at our season ticket numbers, our group sales numbers, our corporate support and it's as stable and as strong as it's ever been," said Isotopes General Manager John Traub. "Unfortunately this year we've had to deal with the weather bug a little bit more than we ordinarily have.
"We've been effected negatively by the weather in terms of attendance I would estimate probably about 18 times."
Although the team only had one game canceled due to rain, Traub says some poorly timed wet weather helped keep some fans at home.
Despite the soft attendance year, Albuquerque is still on track to finish third in the Pacific Coast League in attendance and in the top 10 of all of minor league baseball.
On July 4 of this year, the Isotopes broke a single-game attendance record with 16,229 fans, nearly 3,000 more than the stadium's seating capacity.
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