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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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