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  • MLB Attendance Down 5.9% At The All-Star Break

    MLB teams are averaging 30,105 fans per game through July 12, down 5.9% compared to the same period a year ago. The Yankees' home attendance at their new ballpark continues to be the highest in baseball, despite the fact that the team is down 13.8% from its average a year ago due to a reduction in capacity from the old Yankee Stadium. The Phillies have parlayed their World Series championship into a 5.6% jump at the gate, while the team they defeated, the Rays, has seen a 9.4% increase. Leading the league in attendance gains are the Marlins (+20.5%) and the Royals (+17.4%). The Tigers (-21.8%) and Nationals (-21.7%) have seen the biggest drops at the gate. Listed below is team-by-team MLB attendance through Sunday, with comparisons to the same period in '08, when the season started two weeks earlier (THE DAILY).

    MLB ATTENDANCE THROUGH JULY 12
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('08)
    Yankees*
    42
    1,901,454
    45,273
    86.5%
    52,511
    -13.8%
    49
    Phillies
    45
    1,978,406
    43,965
    100.7%
    41,648
    5.6%
    49
    Dodgers
    41
    1,776,554
    43,331
    77.4%
    45,098
    -3.9%
    48
    Angels
    45
    1,832,941
    40,732
    90.0%
    40,550
    0.4%
    46
    Cardinals
    44
    1,770,110
    40,230
    91.5%
    42,259
    -4.8%
    47
    Cubs
    45
    1,800,895
    40,020
    97.2%
    40,572
    -1.4%
    48
    Mets*
    45
    1,778,758
    39,528
    94.6%
    50,268
    -21.4%
    44
    Brewers
    46
    1,753,531
    38,120
    91.0%
    36,028
    5.8%
    47
    Red Sox
    45
    1,702,517
    37,834
    101.6%
    37,627
    0.5%
    46
    Giants
    46
    1,586,482
    34,489
    82.9%
    35,331
    -2.4%
    45
    Tigers
    40
    1,235,007
    30,875
    74.8%
    39,474
    -21.8%
    47
    Rockies
    42
    1,262,142
    30,051
    59.6%
    33,255
    -9.6%
    46
    Astros
    47
    1,383,284
    29,432
    71.8%
    36,032
    -18.3%
    43
    Braves
    42
    1,190,157
    28,337
    57.0%
    31,082
    -8.8%
    48
    Twins
    48
    1,357,757
    28,287
    60.7%
    25,288
    11.9%
    50
    Rangers
    44
    1,201,747
    27,312
    55.5%
    24,857
    9.9%
    44
    Mariners
    43
    1,174,111
    27,305
    57.0%
    28,156
    -3.0%
    46
    White Sox
    42
    1,123,677
    26,754
    65.9%
    28,906
    -7.4%
    45
    D'Backs
    50
    1,274,924
    25,498
    52.4%
    29,684
    -14.1%
    46
    Reds
    40
    996,782
    24,920
    58.9%
    25,033
    -0.5%
    45
    Padres
    43
    1,067,976
    24,837
    58.2%
    29,892
    -16.9%
    52
    Orioles
    47
    1,141,425
    24,286
    50.4%
    26,060
    -6.8%
    41
    Royals
    46
    1,090,135
    23,699
    62.1%
    20,187
    17.4%
    44
    Nationals
    41
    951,740
    23,213
    55.4%
    29,664
    -21.7%
    49
    Rays
    45
    1,036,712
    23,038
    62.3%
    21,062
    9.4%
    50
    Blue Jays
    43
    982,117
    22,840
    46.1%
    27,148
    -15.9%
    46
    Indians
    44
    975,836
    22,178
    49.1%
    26,836
    -17.4%
    46
    Pirates
    39
    720,947
    18,486
    48.2%
    19,334
    -4.4%
    49
    A's
    40
    725,096
    18,127
    51.7%
    21,144
    -14.3%
    54
    Marlins
    45
    815,282
    18,117
    47.0%
    15,030
    20.5%
    45
    TOTALS
    1,315
    39,588,502
    30,105
    71.3%
    31,987
    -5.9%
    1,405

    NOTES: * = opened new ballparks in '09 with a smaller capacity than previous home venues. Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. It may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by the teams or the league.

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