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  • MiLB Attendance Down 2.7% To Date; Lehigh Valley, Dayton Lead All Clubs

    The 160 teams affiliated with Minor League Baseball (excluding the Mexican League) are averaging 3,933 fans per game, down 2.7% from the same period a year ago. Both Triple-A level leagues, which are the most-attended MiLB leagues, are seeing drops in attendance to date. The sharpest drop belongs to the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League, which is down 7.4%. The leagues seeing the best gains are the two instructional level teams -- the Pioneer and Appalachian Leagues -- up 7.9% and 2.9%, respectively. Among individual teams, the Int’l League Lehigh Valley IronPigs continue to lead all clubs with 9,000 fans per game. The Single-A Midwest League Dayton Dragons rank second with 8,486 fans per game, and the club has continued to extend its sellout streak, which ranks as the longest ever among U.S. sports teams. Listed below is league-by-league attendance for MiLB clubs through July 17, with comparisons to the same period last year (THE DAILY).

    MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JULY 17
    LEAGUE
    LEVEL
    TMS
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % +/-
    '11 GMS
    '11 TEAMS
    International
    AAA
    14
    659
    4,196,819
    6,368
    -3.2%
    654
    14
    Pacific Coast
    AAA
    16
    756
    4,449,501
    5,886
    -1.4%
    761
    16
    Texas
    AA
    8
    370
    1,964,541
    5,310
    0.4%
    366
    8
    Eastern
    AA
    12
    549
    2,445,228
    4,454
    -4.5%
    549
    12
    Midwest
    Low-A
    16
    736
    2,563,280
    3,483
    1.1%
    710
    16
    Carolina
    High-A
    8
    358
    1,246,662
    3,482
    2.4%
    356
    8
    Southern
    AA
    10
    457
    1,560,768
    3,415
    1.9%
    461
    10
    New York-Penn
    Short-
    Season A
    14
    197
    659,874
    3,350
    -7.4%
    222
    14
    South Atlantic
    Low-A
    14
    640
    2,122,876
    3,317
    -2.6%
    637
    14
    Northwest
    Short-
    Season A
    8
    125
    358,085
    2,865
    -2.5%
    132
    8
    Pioneer
    Instructional
    8
    113
    291,160
    2,577
    7.9%
    114
    8
    California
    High-A
    10
    469
    1,080,095
    2,303
    1.2%
    475
    10
    Florida State
    High-A
    12
    532
    866,753
    1,629
    -2.7%
    556
    12
    Appalachian
    Instructional
    10
    124
    127,893
    1,031
    2.9%
    142
    10
    MiLB TOTALS
    160
    6,085
    23,933,535
    3,933
    -2.7%
    6,135
    160
     

    NOTES: Mexican League figures excluded. All short season and instructional leagues begin each year following June MLB draft.

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