"There's always next year" isn't really cutting it for Chicago Cubs attendance.
Attendance for the season is expected to finish at about 2.8 million fans, according to Crain's Chicago Business. The number is 7 percent less than the previous year and represents the first time the franchise missed the 3 million mark in about a decade, but Crain's points out it's still among the Top 10 in the league.
Cubs vice president of ticket sales Colin Faulkner told the publication it's been a tough year and said the final numbers show fans still support the team.
The Cubs' average home-game attendance for the season landed at 36,343, according to Crain's. It's a statistic that most teams would kill for.
Average ticket prices have dropped slightly over the past few years. They remain the third highest in baseball, though.
Faulkner said the team has not determined pricing for next year but said the Cubs are looking at ways to keep creating value for fans.