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THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY TURNSTILE TRACKER

     TODAY: MLB American League Attendance Through September 21
'97 YEAR-TO-DATE
COMPARISONS
TEAM
HOME DATES
AVG.
TOTAL
%CAP
'96 AVG.
% +/-
'95 AVG.
% +/
BAL
80
45,806
3,664,506
95%
45,005
+ 2%
43,034
+ 6%
CLE^
73
42,523
3,104,175
98%
41,975
+ 1%
40,039
+ 6%
TEX
80
36,815
2,945,228
75%
36,113
+ 2%
27,582
+33%
SEA
76
38,713
2,942,223
66%
32,653
+19%
22,510
+72%
NYY
77
33,209
2,557,065
58%
28,769
+15%
24,361
+36%
TOR
75
31,899
2,392,447
63%
31,445
+ 1%
39,257
-19%
BOS
80
27,827
2,226,137
82%
28,533
- 2%
30,061
- 7%
CHI
72
24,301
1,749,646
55%
21,624
+12%
22,673
+ 7%
ANA^
77
21,906
1,686,737
64%
22,737
- 4%
24,287
-10%
KC
77
19,710
1,517,638
49%
17,996
+10%
17,622
+12%
MIN^
80
17,513
1,401,049
36%
17,966
- 3%
14,690
+19%
MIL
72
18,760
1,350,729
35%
17,028
+10%
15,318
+22%
OAK^
76
16,155
1,227,786
37%
13,784
+17%
16,540
- 2%
DET^
73
16,804
1,226,723
36%
14,952
+12%
16,634
+ 2%
AL
1068
28,082
29,992,089
60%
26,579
+ 6%
25,359
+11%
NOTES: (^) Oakland's first six home games in '96 were played at 9,300-seat Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Both Oakland and Cleveland have increased capacity slightly from '96, while Minnesota and Detroit have decreased capacity. Anaheim Stadium, currently being renovated, has capacity listed at 34,000, down from 64,406 in '96. The '96 comparison is of average attendance through the same number of dates. Due to the shortened '95 season, the '95 comparison is of final season average. -30-
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