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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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