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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 LEVELTEAMSGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-'10 GMS International AAA146544,302,8916,5796,699-1.8%677 Pacific Coast AAA167614,543,3905,9706,074-1.7%751 Texas AA83661,934,6605,2865,498-3.9%362 Mexican AAA146613,139,1224,7493,75226.6%738 Eastern AA125492,560,9604,6654,6111.2%568 New York-Penn Short-
Midwest Low-A167102,446,6583,4463,593-4.1%722 South Atlantic Low-A146372,168,2153,4043,3711.0%652 Carolina High-A83561,210,6573,4013,3332.0%368 Southern AA104611,544,5283,3503,438-2.5%453 Northwest Short-
Pioneer Instructional8114272,2782,3882,3133.3%119 California High-A104751,081,3172,2762,2760.0%476 Florida State High-A12556931,2821,6751,5537.9%554 Appalachian Instructional10142142,3421,0029683.6%142 TOTALS1746,79627,469,6234,0424,0140.7%6,936
NOTE: All short-season and instructional leagues begin each year following the June MLB draft.