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  • MLB Attendance Down Slightly Heading Toward End Of Season

    MLB is averaging 30,231 fans per game heading into the final month of the season, slightly down from the same period a year ago. Among AL clubs, average attendance is off 1.5%, with 11 of 14 teams down at home to date. The Indians are seeing the sharpest drop at home among all MLB clubs, down 22.4% at Progressive Field. During the inaugural season of Target Field, Twins home attendance has jumped an MLB-best 37.1%. Despite a slight decline in attendance for the Red Sox, Fenway Park continues to be filled at 100.8% capacity for each home game. Listed below is team-by-team home attendance for AL clubs, with comparisons to the same period in '09. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for NL figures (THE DAILY).

    MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE THROUGH AUGUST 31
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS
    ('09)
    Yankees
    66
    3,062,397
    46,400
    92.3%
    45,793
    1.3%
    65
    Angels
    66
    2,639,889
    39,998
    88.3%
    40,302
    -0.8%
    65
    Twins*
    63
    2,504,209
    39,749
    100.6%
    28,990
    37.1%
    67
    Red Sox
    66
    2,482,976
    37,621
    100.8%
    37,845
    -0.6%
    66
    Tigers
    68
    2,095,063
    30,810
    74.7%
    31,961
    -3.6%
    64
    Rangers
    69
    2,062,167
    29,886
    60.8%
    27,838
    7.4%
    65
    White Sox
    65
    1,777,911
    27,352
    67.3%
    28,633
    -4.5%
    65
    Mariners
    66
    1,787,519
    27,084
    56.6%
    27,777
    -2.5%
    67
    Rays
    68
    1,550,007
    22,794
    63.2%
    24,169
    -5.7%
    63
    Blue Jays**
    65
    1,372,472
    21,115
    43.2%
    23,905
    -11.7%
    66
    Orioles
    66
    1,387,713
    21,026
    43.5%
    24,365
    -13.7%
    66
    Royals
    63
    1,289,928
    20,475
    54.1%
    23,143
    -11.5%
    66
    A's
    65
    1,162,821
    17,890
    51.0%
    18,211
    -1.8%
    64
    Indians
    67
    1,162,325
    17,348
    38.1%
    22,366
    -22.4%
    63
    AL TOTALS
    923
    26,337,397
    28,535
    66.2%
    28,974
    -1.5%
    912
    MLB TOTALS
    1,977
    59,765,828
    30,231
    69.6%
    30,509
    -0.9%
    1,956

    NOTES: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games and may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. * = The Twins are playing in the new Target Field this season, having relocated from the Metrodome after the '09 season. ** = Includes three designated Blue Jays home games vs. the Phillies played in Philadelphia in June due to G20 Summit held in Toronto.

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