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MLB Sees Slight Increase In Average Spring Training Attendance

MLB teams averaged 6,717 fans per game during Spring Training, up 0.6% from last season. The Cactus League saw a 2.3% increase in average attendance to 6,867, while the Grapefruit League saw a slight dip in average attendance, down 1.1% to 6,568. The D'Backs and Rockies saw the biggest gains in their first seasons at their shared Salt River Fields at Talking Stick complex. The D'Backs drew 10,946 fans per game, up 64.7% from last season. The Rockies averaged 10,598 fans per game, up 102.1%. The chart below lists Spring Training attendance for every MLB team (THE DAILY).

CACTUS LEAGUE
TEAM
'11
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
'10
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
+/-
Arizona Diamondbacks
19
207,976
10,946
15
99,698
6,647
64.7%
Chicago Cubs
17
160,536
9,443
14
152,493
10,892
-13.3%
Chicago White Sox
15
91,749
6,117
13
81,634
6,280
-2.6%
Cincinnati Reds
14
53,050
3,789
16
66,725
4,170
-9.1%
Cleveland Indians
16
59,744
3,734
14
61,240
4,374
-14.6%
Colorado Rockies
16
169,571
10,598
15
78,638
5,243
102.1%
Kansas City Royals
15
72,900
4,860
15
79,149
5,277
-7.9%
Los Angeles Angels
15
88,413
5,894
16
111,038
6,940
-15.1%
Los Angeles Dodgers
14
103,114
7,365
14
124,502
8,893
-17.2%
Milwaukee Brewers
16
74,330
4,646
15
79,651
5,691
-18.4%
Oakland Athletics
16
80,145
5,009
15
89,493
5,966
-16.0%
San Diego Padres
15
75,906
5,060
14
79,671
5,691
-11.1%
San Francisco Giants
16
160,574
10,036
15
155,819
10,388
-3.4%
Seattle Mariners
16
112,338
7,021
14
120,358
8,597
-18.3%
Texas Rangers
15
103,507
6,900
14
90,513
6,465
6.7%
TOTALS
235
1,613,853
6,867
219
1,470,622
6,715
2.3%
 
GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE
TEAM
'11
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
'10
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
+/-
Atlanta Braves
17
136,360
8,021
14
106,065
7,576
5.9%
Baltimore Orioles
16
115,417
7,214
15
102,219
6,815
5.8%
Boston Red Sox
16
120,613
7,538
16
123,997
7,750
-2.7%
Detroit Tigers
17
119,516
7,030
15
112,560
7,504
-6.3%
Florida Marlins
16
70,450
4,403
15
72,574
4,838
-9.0%
Houston Astros
17
65,367
3,845
15
59,784
3,986
-3.5%
Minnesota Twins
16
129,453
8,091
13
104,712
8,055
0.4%
New York Mets
16
87,413
5,463
17
84,707
4,983
9.6%
New York Yankees
15
163,085
10,872
15
158,611
10,574
2.8%
Philadelphia Phillies
16
153,377
9,586
14
132,331
9,452
1.4%
Pittsburgh Pirates
16
88,003
5,500
14
68,184
4,870
12.9%
St. Louis Cardinals
15
92,652
6,177
14
96,910
6,922
-10.8%
Tampa Bay Rays
15
87,291
5,819
15
97,971
6,531
-10.9%
Toronto Blue Jays
15
68,195
4,546
11
52,550
4,777
-4.8%
Washington Nationals
15
65,958
4,397
12
54,452
4,538
-3.1%
TOTALS
238
1,563,150
6,568
215
1,427,627
6,640
-1.1%
MLB TOTALS
473
3,177,003
6,717
434
2,898,249
6,678
0.6%

NOTE: Chart does not include games played outside of home spring training facilities or games against non-MLB opponents.
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