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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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