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Reds Attendance Up 11% After Big Summer Crowds Boost Gate

MLB attendance is down 1% as the final month of the season begins, with NL teams flat compared to the same period last season. The Reds, who were down double digits in June and were flat in attendance at the beginning of August, are now seeing an 11% increase from the same period in '09. The Rockies also continue to see a double-digit jump at Coors Field. In N.Y., the Mets are seeing a 15% drop in attendance during their second season at Citi Field. The Phillies lead all NL clubs with an average of 45,017 fans per game, which is up almost 2% from the same point in '09. The team also continues to fill Citizens Bank Park to 103% capacity. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the NL through Aug. 31, with comparisons to the same period last year. See yesterday's issue of THE DAILY for AL figures (THE DAILY).

MLB NATIONAL LEAGUE ATTENDANCE THROUGH AUGUST 31
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS
('09)
Phillies
65
2,926,116
45,017
103.1%
44,319
1.6%
64
Dodgers
68
3,046,600
44,803
80.0%
45,526
-1.6%
66
Cardinals
64
2,622,503
40,977
93.2%
40,870
0.3%
66
Cubs
68
2,598,811
38,218
92.9%
40,040
-4.6%
64
Giants
68
2,531,349
37,226
88.8%
35,570
4.7%
65
Rockies
63
2,265,672
35,963
71.3%
32,551
10.5%
62
Brewers
68
2,357,519
34,669
82.7%
38,157
-9.1%
65
Mets
63
2,100,112
33,335
79.7%
39,154
-14.9%
66
Braves
66
2,003,853
30,361
61.0%
29,400
3.3%
65
Astros
67
1,891,178
28,227
68.9%
30,696
-8.0%
65
Padres
64
1,653,967
25,843
60.5%
24,376
6.0%
68
Reds
67
1,728,398
25,797
61.0%
23,292
10.8%
66
D'Backs
68
1,671,228
24,577
50.5%
26,000
-5.5%
66
Nationals
65
1,554,941
23,922
57.6%
23,090
3.6%
65
Pirates
66
1,324,679
20,071
52.3%
19,417
3.4%
64
Marlins*
64
1,151,505
17,992
47.8%
17,853
0.8%
67
NL TOTALS
1,054
33,428,431
31,716
72.2%
31,851
-0.4%
1,044
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. * = Includes three designated Marlins home games vs. the Mets played in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in June.

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