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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
LEAGUELEVELTMSGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-'11 GMS'11 TMS Int'lAAA149716,504,5866,6996,956-3.7%95814 Pacific CoastAAA161,1236,796,1576,0526,156-1.7%1,12516 TexasAA85492,834,8645,1645,207-0.8%5428 EasternAA128123,791,2414,6694,868-4.1%80612 MidwestLow-A161,0954,084,3433,7303,754-0.6%1,06116 CarolinaHigh-A85331,876,0813,5203,4482.1%5198 New York-
South AtlanticLow-A149323,056,0973,2793,358-2.3%93114 SouthernAA106652,152,8523,2373,242-0.1%67110 NorthwestShort-Season A8301896,7812,9793,007-0.9%3048 CaliforniaHigh-A106901,582,1742,2932,303-0.4%69210 PioneerRookie8300695,0522,3172,2284.0%2898 Florida StateHigh-A127631,215,0201,5921,642-3.0%79012 AppalachianRookie10305278,7859148823.6%33510MiLB TOTALS1609,55637,465,0343,9213,992-1.8%9,522160'12 TOP-DRAWING MILB CLUBS EXCLUDES MEXICAN LEAGUE) CLUBLEVELLEAGUETOTALGMSAVG. Lehigh Valley IronPigsAAAInt'l622,421689,153 Columbus ClippersAAAInt'l611,223708,732 Dayton DragonsLow-AMidwest588,689698,532 Indianapolis IndiansAAAInt'l595,043708,501 Round Rock ExpressAAAPCL595,584718,389 Louisville BatsAAAInt'l570,003708,143 Sacramento River CatsAAAPCL586,090728,140 Albuquerque IsotopesAAAPCL568,417708,120 Toledo Mud HensAAAInt'l550,900707,870 Pawtucket Red SoxAAAInt'l521,023697,551