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MLB Regular-Season Attendance Up Slightly; Indians See 30.3% Jump At The Gate

MLB teams saw a slight increase in attendance during the regular season, averaging 30,366 fans per game. The Phillies led all of baseball with an average attendance of 45,441, followed by the Yankees, whose 45,107 average was down 3% from last season. The Red Sox and Phillies were the only teams to fill their stadiums to 100% capacity for the season. The Indians and Pirates, two surprise early season contenders, saw the largest attendance gains. The Indians' 22,726 fans per game was an increase of 30.3% over last year, while the Pirates' 24,255 average mark was up 21.8% from last season. The Dodgers, riddled with off-the-field issues, saw the biggest decline in attendance, down 17.7%. Meanwhile, the Rays, despite their improbable run to win the AL Wild Card, saw a 17% drop in attendance at Tropicana Field. Listed below is MLB regular season attendance with comparisons to last year.

AL HOME TEAM
DATES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
%+/-
DATES '10
Yankees
81
3,653,680
45,107
90.7%
46,491
-3.0%
81
Twins
81
3,168,107
39,112
99.0%
39,798
-1.7%
81
Angels
81
3,166,321
39,090
86.1%
40,133
-2.6%
81
Red Sox
81
3,054,001
37,704
100.9%
37,610
0.2%
81
Rangers
81
2,946,949
36,382
74.0%
30,928
17.6%
81
Tigers
81
2,642,045
32,618
79.1%
30,386
7.3%
81
White Sox
81
2,001,117
24,705
60.8%
27,091
-8.8%
81
Mariners
81
1,896,321
23,411
49.3%
25,752
-9.1%
81
Indians
81
1,840,835
22,726
52.3%
17,435
30.3%
80
Blue Jays
81
1,818,103
22,446
45.6%
20,069
11.8%
81
Orioles
80
1,755,461
21,943
47.7%
21,663
1.3%
80
Royals
81
1,724,450
21,290
56.2%
20,192
5.4%
80
Rays
81
1,529,188
18,879
55.4%
22,759
-17.0%
81
A's
80
1,476,791
18,460
52.6%
17,511
5.4%
81
AL TOTALS
1,132
32,673,369
28,863
67.8%
28,438
1.5%
1,131
MLB TOTALS
2,418
73,425,568
30,366
70.1%
30,138
0.8%
2,424

 

NL HOME TEAM
DATES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
DATES '10
Phillies
81
3,680,718
45,441
104.1%
45,028
0.9%
81
Giants
81
3,387,303
41,819
99.8%
37,499
11.5%
81
Cardinals
81
3,093,954
38,197
86.9%
40,756
-6.3%
81
Brewers
81
3,071,373
37,918
90.5%
34,278
10.6%
81
Cubs
81
3,017,966
37,259
90.5%
37,814
-1.5%
81
Dodgers
81
2,935,139
36,236
64.7%
43,979
-17.6%
81
Rockies
81
2,909,777
35,923
71.1%
35,941
0.0%
80
Mets
78
2,352,596
30,161
72.2%
32,402
-6.9%
79
Braves
79
2,372,940
30,037
60.6%
30,989
-3.1%
81
Reds
81
2,213,498
27,327
64.6%
25,439
7.4%
81
Padres
81
2,143,018
26,457
62.0%
26,318
0.5%
81
D'Backs
81
2,105,432
25,993
53.4%
25,397
2.3%
81
Astros
81
2,067,016
25,519
62.3%
28,784
-11.3%
81
Nationals
78
1,940,478
24,878
59.9%
22,569
10.2%
81
Pirates
80
1,940,429
24,255
63.2%
19,919
21.8%
81
Marlins*
80
1,520,562
19,007
48.9%
18,953
0.3%
81
NL TOTALS
1,286
40,752,199
31,689
72.0%
31,624
0.2%
1,293
MLB TOTALS
2,418
73,425,568
30,366
70.1%
30,138
0.8%
2,424

*Includes three designated Marlins home games against the Mariners played in Seattle in June due to a U2 concert that took place at Sun Life Stadium.

NOTES: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only tickets. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or leagues.

AROUND THE HORN
: The Twins' final attendance was the second most in team history, following the '10 season. This was the team's second season playing at Target Field (Twins)....The White Sox reached the 2 million attendance mark "for the sixth straight season" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/29)....It is the "first time since moving into Safeco Field the Mariners have failed to draw 2 million fans." The last time the team drew fewer than 2 million in a full 81-game home schedule was '89 (AP, 9/28)....The Astros' final attendance was their "lowest since 1997, when they were in the Astrodome." The team's 56-106 record was worst in MLB (CHRON.com, 9/29).
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