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  • Minor League Baseball Attendance Up Slightly Through July 20

    The clubs affiliated with Minor League Baseball (MiLB) are averaging 4,042 fans per game this season, up slightly from the same period during the '10 season. The Triple-A Int'l and Pacific Coast Leagues continue to top all levels at the gate, however both leagues are seeing close to a 2% drop. The Int'l League Lehigh Valley IronPigs lead all clubs with 9,060 fans per game, flat compared to '10. The PCL Omaha Storm Chasers, who opened the new Werner Park this season after over 50 years in Rosenblatt Stadium, are averaging 5,711 fans per game, up 7%. With the league folding two struggling clubs from '10, the Triple-A Mexican League is seeing attendance up a MiLB-best 27% to date. The Single-A Florida State League is also seeing an 8% increase at the gate. Six leagues in total are seeing some sort of drop in attendance, with the Single-A Midwest League seeing the biggest decline (-4.1%). The chart below lists attendance for each league affiliated with MiLB through July 20, with comparisons to the same period last season (THE DAILY).

    MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JULY 20
    LEAGUE LEVEL
    TEAMS
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '10 GMS
    International AAA
    14
    654
    4,302,891
    6,579
    6,699
    -1.8%
    677
    Pacific Coast AAA
    16
    761
    4,543,390
    5,970
    6,074
    -1.7%
    751
    Texas AA
    8
    366
    1,934,660
    5,286
    5,498
    -3.9%
    362
    Mexican AAA
    14
    661
    3,139,122
    4,749
    3,752
    26.6%
    738
    Eastern AA
    12
    549
    2,560,960
    4,665
    4,611
    1.2%
    568
    New York-Penn Short-
    Season A
    14
    222
    803,330
    3,619
    3,629
    -0.3%
    223
    Midwest Low-A
    16
    710
    2,446,658
    3,446
    3,593
    -4.1%
    722
    South Atlantic Low-A
    14
    637
    2,168,215
    3,404
    3,371
    1.0%
    652
    Carolina High-A
    8
    356
    1,210,657
    3,401
    3,333
    2.0%
    368
    Southern AA
    10
    461
    1,544,528
    3,350
    3,438
    -2.5%
    453
    Northwest Short-
    Season A
    8
    132
    387,993
    2,939
    2,875
    2.2%
    131
    Pioneer Instructional
    8
    114
    272,278
    2,388
    2,313
    3.3%
    119
    California High-A
    10
    475
    1,081,317
    2,276
    2,276
    0.0%
    476
    Florida State High-A
    12
    556
    931,282
    1,675
    1,553
    7.9%
    554
    Appalachian Instructional
    10
    142
    142,342
    1,002
    968
    3.6%
    142
    TOTALS  
    174
    6,796
    27,469,623
    4,042
    4,014
    0.7%
    6,936
       

    NOTE: All short-season and instructional leagues begin each year following the June MLB draft.

     

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