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  • MLB Attendance Up 1.6%; Rays Up 24.2% At The Gate

    MLB teams are averaging 30,687 fans per game through 667 games this season, up 1.6% from 30,203 fans per game through 293 games last year. In the AL, teams are averaging 28,169 fans per game, down 2.6%. The Yankees sit atop the AL with 51,389 fans per game, up 4.1% from the same period a year ago. In Boston, the Red Sox continue to find ways to pack Fenway Park (101% capacity), as attendance is up 2.6% from a year ago. The upstart Rays are seeing the largest gains at the turnstiles, up 24.2% after posting their best April record in franchise history, while the Rangers are seeing the biggest slide, off 23.2%. The following lists AL and MLB attendance through May 19, with comparisons to the same period in '07. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for NL attendance (THE DAILY).

    MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE THROUGH MAY 19
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('07)
    Yankees
    20
    1,027,774
    51,389
    90.3%
    49,372
    4.1%
    19
    Angels
    25
    994,999
    39,800
    87.9%
    40,878
    -2.6%
    22
    Tigers
    20
    754,525
    37,726
    90.3%
    32,723
    15.3%
    19
    Red Sox
    23
    864,495
    37,587
    101.0%
    36,641
    2.6%
    22
    Mariners
    24
    627,095
    26,129
    55.1%
    28,979
    -9.8%
    22
    White Sox
    16
    412,635
    25,790
    63.5%
    31,027
    -16.9%
    18
    Blue Jays
    19
    484,224
    25,485
    51.4%
    26,480
    -3.8%
    23
    Twins
    25
    608,929
    24,357
    52.2%
    27,210
    -10.5%
    23
    Rangers
    22
    529,703
    24,077
    49.2%
    31,346
    -23.2%
    19
    Orioles
    21
    502,135
    23,911
    49.6%
    22,767
    5.0%
    20
    Indians
    25
    577,726
    23,109
    53.2%
    21,192
    9.0%
    21
    A's
    22
    430,126
    19,551
    55.8%
    23,413
    -16.5%
    22
    Royals
    21
    390,944
    18,616
    49.0%
    18,077
    3.0%
    21
    Rays*
    24
    442,702
    18,446
    56.4%
    14,855
    24.2%
    22
    AL TOTALS
    307
    8,648,012
    28,169
    64.6%
    28,926
    -2.6%
    293
    MLB TOTALS
    667
    20,468,213
    30,687
    69.2%
    30,203
    1.6%
    634


    * = Includes three designated Rays home games against the Blue Jays played in Orlando in April.

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