SBD/Issue 57/The Back of the Book

Turnstile Tracker: Over 120 Million Swarm To Baseball

The following is Part II of THE DAILY'S "Turnstile Tracker," which estimates that over 466.7 million attended sporting events in the U.S. and Canada during the '02-03 sports year. Presented today are the full '02 pre-, regular- and post-season figures for baseball, broken down by league. While a few of these numbers are not exact, they serve as the most detailed estimates of the number of attendees of baseball events.

BASEBALL
PRE-SEASON
REGULAR SEASON
PLAYOFFS
ALL-STAR
TOTAL
MLB
3,115,651
67,941,211
1,568,735
41,871
72,667,468
Minor
n/a
35,497,010
383,184
62,493
35,942,687
NCAA
n/a
3,966,005
707,141
n/a
4,673,146
Northern League
n/a
2,451,482
80,204
4,972
2,536,658
Atlantic League
n/a
1,859,059
19,283
6,406
1,884,748
Frontier League
n/a
948,383
18,780
4,495
971,658
Central League
n/a
758,781
23,982
3,802
786,565
Western League
n/a
394,891
18,362
n/a
413,253
Little League WS
n/a
314,168
n/a
n/a
314,168
NBC Tourney
n/a
84,007
n/a
n/a
84,007
BASEBALL TOTALS
120,274,358

NOTES: ^ = National Baseball Congress tournament. NCAA Baseball regular-season attendance numbers include top 50 Division I teams, top 20 Division II teams and top ten Division III teams. NCAA Baseball playoff attendance figures are for Division I, II, and III. Minor League baseball numbers do not include Mexican League attendance of 3,543,206.

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