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  • MiLB Avg. Attendance Down From '11; Blue Wahoos Draw Well After Move To Pensacola

    The 160 teams affiliated with Minor League Baseball (excluding the Mexican League) averaged 3,921 fans per game during the ’12 regular season, down 1.8% from a year ago. The top-drawing Triple-A level Int’l and Pacific Coast Leagues both saw average attendance drop this year. Only seven Triple-A clubs saw an attendance increase this season. Only three leagues -- the Single-A Carolina, Rookie Level Pioneer and Appalachian Leagues -- saw average attendance increase. The Short Season Single-A New York-Penn League saw the sharpest drop in average attendance, down 6.2%.

    The Int’l League Lehigh Valley IronPigs led all of MiLB in attendance for the third straight year with 9,153 fans per game. That figure is down 1% from the club’s figure last season. The Single-A Midwest League Dayton Dragons continued their U.S.-record sellout streak this season, extending the mark to 913 games. The Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, who relocated after last season from Zebulon, N.C., after playing as the Single-A Carolina Mudcats, led all Southern League teams this season with 4,826 fans per game. The Blue Wahoos figure was a big  increase over the city’s predecessor -- the Pensacola Pelicans -- who played in several independent leagues from ‘02-10, averaging about 1,500 per game at Pelican Park on the campus of the Univ. of West Florida. The Short-Season Single-A Northwest League Yakima Bears finished with an average of 1,629 fans this season. The club will move from Washington state to Hillsboro, Ore., next season (THE DAILY).

    '12 MILB REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    LEAGUE
    LEVEL
    TMS
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '11 GMS
    '11 TMS
    Int'l
    AAA
    14
    971
    6,504,586
    6,699
    6,956
    -3.7%
    958
    14
    Pacific Coast
    AAA
    16
    1,123
    6,796,157
    6,052
    6,156
    -1.7%
    1,125
    16
    Texas
    AA
    8
    549
    2,834,864
    5,164
    5,207
    -0.8%
    542
    8
    Eastern
    AA
    12
    812
    3,791,241
    4,669
    4,868
    -4.1%
    806
    12
    Midwest
    Low-A
    16
    1,095
    4,084,343
    3,730
    3,754
    -0.6%
    1,061
    16
    Carolina
    High-A
    8
    533
    1,876,081
    3,520
    3,448
    2.1%
    519
    8
    New York-
    Penn
    Short-Season A
    14
    517
    1,701,001
    3,290
    3,507
    -6.2%
    499
    14
    South Atlantic
    Low-A
    14
    932
    3,056,097
    3,279
    3,358
    -2.3%
    931
    14
    Southern
    AA
    10
    665
    2,152,852
    3,237
    3,242
    -0.1%
    671
    10
    Northwest
    Short-Season A
    8
    301
    896,781
    2,979
    3,007
    -0.9%
    304
    8
    California
    High-A
    10
    690
    1,582,174
    2,293
    2,303
    -0.4%
    692
    10
    Pioneer
    Rookie
    8
    300
    695,052
    2,317
    2,228
    4.0%
    289
    8
    Florida State
    High-A
    12
    763
    1,215,020
    1,592
    1,642
    -3.0%
    790
    12
    Appalachian
    Rookie
    10
    305
    278,785
    914
    882
    3.6%
    335
    10
    MiLB TOTALS
    160
    9,556
    37,465,034
    3,921
    3,992
    -1.8%
    9,522
    160
                       
    '12 TOP-DRAWING MILB CLUBS EXCLUDES MEXICAN LEAGUE)
    CLUB
    LEVEL
    LEAGUE
    TOTAL
    GMS
    AVG.
    Lehigh Valley IronPigs
    AAA
    Int'l
    622,421
    68
    9,153
    Columbus Clippers
    AAA
    Int'l
    611,223
    70
    8,732
    Dayton Dragons
    Low-A
    Midwest
    588,689
    69
    8,532
    Indianapolis Indians
    AAA
    Int'l
    595,043
    70
    8,501
    Round Rock Express
    AAA
    PCL
    595,584
    71
    8,389
    Louisville Bats
    AAA
    Int'l
    570,003
    70
    8,143
    Sacramento River Cats
    AAA
    PCL
    586,090
    72
    8,140
    Albuquerque Isotopes
    AAA
    PCL
    568,417
    70
    8,120
    Toledo Mud Hens
    AAA
    Int'l
    550,900
    70
    7,870
    Pawtucket Red Sox
    AAA
    Int'l
    521,023
    69
    7,551

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