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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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