SBD/Issue 23/The Back of the Book

Minor League Attendance: Sacramento Leads At Turnstiles

The following presents the 50 minor league baseball teams with the highest average attendance for the ’05 regular season (SportsBusiness Journal Research).

RK
TEAM
LEAGUE
TOTAL
GAMES
AVG.
1) Sacramento River Cats Pacific Coast League (AAA)
755,750
72
10,496
2) Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast League (AAA)
696,083
69
10,088
3) Round Rock Express Pacific Coast League (AAA)
700,277
72
9,726
4) Pawtucket Red Sox International League (AAA)
688,421
72
9,561
5) Louisville Bats International League (AAA)
643,466
70
9,192
6) Buffalo Bisons International League (AAA)
596,758
68
8,775
7) Albuqurque Isotopes Pacific Coast League (AAA)
582,839
71
8,209
8) Frisco RoughRiders Texas League (AA)
581,074
69
8,421
9) Dayton Dragons Midwest League (A)
572,053
69
8,290
10) Indianapolis Indians International League (AAA)
558,911
69
8,100
11) Brooklyn Cyclones NY-Penn League (Short Season A)
285,818
36
7,939
12) Toledo Mud Hens International League (AAA)
556,995
71
7,845
13) Oklahoma Redhawks Pacific Coast League (AAA)
542,095
70
7,744
14) Kane County Cougars Midwest League (A)
518,394
68
7,623
15) Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League (AAA)
529,354
70
7,562
16) Springfield Cardinals Texas League (AA)
526,630
70
7,523
17) Durham Bulls International League (AAA)
520,371
72
7,227
18) Corpus Christi Hooks Texas League (AA)
505,189
70
7,216
19) Norfolk Tides International League (AAA)
502,504
70
7,178
20) Columbus Clippers International League (AAA)
500,104
70
7,144
21) Akron Aeros Eastern League (AA)
455,056
66
6,894
22) Fresno Grizzlies Pacific Coast League (AAA)
495,791
72
6,885
23) Salt Lake Stingers Pacific Coast League (AAA)
437,686
64
6,838
24) Rochester Red Wings International League (AAA)
452,302
66
6,853
25) Reading Phillies Eastern League (AA)
469,105
70
6,701
26) Lakewood BlueClaws South Atlantic Lague (A)
444,607
67
6,635
27) Aberdeen IronBirds NY-Penn League (Short Season A)
239,748
38
6,309
28) Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League (AA)
396,277
63
6,290
29) Nashville Sounds Pacific Coast League (AAA)
419,412
69
6,078
30) Lake County Captains South Atlantic Lague (A)
394,208
66
5,972
31) Greensboro Grasshoppers South Atlantic Lague (A)
407,711
69
5,908
32) Trenton Thunder Eastern League (AA)
410,926
71
5,787
33) Scranton/WB Red Barons International League (AAA)
406,814
71
5,729
34) Lexington Legends South Atlantic Lague (A)
388,710
68
5,716
35) Syracuse SkyChiefs International League (AAA)
382,492
69
5,543
36) Altoona Curve Eastern League (AA)
390,239
71
5,496
37) West Michigan Whitecaps Midwest League (A)
370,153
68
5,443
38) Jacksonville Suns Southern League (AA)
359,957
67
5,372
39) Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League (AAA)
360,772
69
5,228
40) Lansing Lugnuts Midwest League (A)
354,855
68
5,218
41) Richmond Braves International League (AAA)
359,755
69
5,213
42) New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League (AAA)
330,466
65
5,084
43) Lowell Spinners NY-Penn League (Short Season A)
185,000
37
5,000
44) New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League (AA)
337,687
69
4,894
45) Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League (A Advanced)
322,287
67
4,810
46) Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League (AAA)
335,031
70
4,786
47) Tulsa Drillers Texas League (AA)
335,018
70
4,785
48) Spokane Indians Northwest League (Short Season A)
180,084
38
4,739
49) Las Vegas 51s Pacific Coast League (AAA)
334,485
72
4,645
50) Hudson Valley Renegades NY-Penn League (Short Season A)
158,423
35
4,526

NOTES: Figures included attendance from the following leagues: International League (AAA), Pacific Coast League (AAA), Eastern League (AA), Southern League (AA), Texas League (AA), California League (A Advanced), Carolina League (A Advanced), Florida State League (A Advanced), Midwest League (A), South Atlantic (A), NY-Penn League (Short Season A), Northwest League (Short Season A), Appalachian League (Rookie Advanced) and Pioneer League (Rookie Advanced).

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