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MLB teams averaged 30,895 fans per game this season, marking the league's best attendance mark since the '08 season. The league average was up 1.8% from last year's figure. The Phillies again led all teams with 44,021 fans per game at the gate. The Marlins led the league in gains after the team's move from Sun Life Stadium to new Marlins Park (+44%). Also seeing significant gains were the playoff-bound Nationals (+21%), Orioles (+21%) and Rangers (+17%). Eight clubs in total saw a double-digit percentage increase in average attendance. Sixteen clubs saw some sort of attendance drop off this season. The Astros saw the sharpest drop (-22%). Listed below is team-by-team attendance for all MLB clubs during the '12 season, with comparisons to last year (THE DAILY).MLB REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS ('11) Phillies813,565,71844,021100.8%45,441-3.1%81 Yankees813,542,40643,73387.0%45,107-3.0%81 Rangers813,460,28042,72088.6%36,38217.4%81 Giants813,377,37141,69699.5%41,819-0.3%81 Dodgers813,324,24641,04073.3%36,23213.3%81 Cardinals813,262,10940,27391.6%38,1975.4%81 Angels813,061,77037,80082.2%39,090-3.3%81 Red Sox813,043,00337,568100.5%37,704-0.4%81 Tigers813,028,03337,38390.6%32,61814.6%81 Cubs812,882,75635,59086.8%37,259-4.5%81 Brewers812,831,38534,95583.4%37,918-7.8%81 Twins812,776,35434,27686.8%39,113-12.4%81 Rockies812,630,45832,47564.4%35,766-9.2%81 Nationals792,370,79430,01072.3%24,87820.6%78 Braves812,420,17129,87960.4%30,037-0.5%79 Reds812,347,25128,97868.5%27,3276.0%81 Mets802,242,80328,03567.1%30,161-7.1%78 Marlins*812,219,44427,40173.2%19,00744.2%80 D'Backs812,177,61726,88455.3%25,9933.4%81 Orioles792,102,24026,61157.9%21,94321.3%80 Padres812,123,72126,21961.4%26,457-0.9%81 Pirates802,091,91826,14968.2%24,2557.8%80 Blue Jays812,099,66325,92252.6%22,44615.5%81 White Sox811,965,95524,27159.8%24,707-1.8%81 Royals801,739,85921,74857.4%21,2932.1%81 Mariners811,721,92021,25844.4%23,419-9.2%81 A's**811,679,01320,72958.7%18,46012.3%80 Astros811,607,73319,84948.4%25,519-22.2%81 Indians811,603,59619,79745.6%22,726-12.9%81 Rays811,559,68119,25556.5%18,8792.0%81 MLB TOTALS2,42374,859,26830,89571.3%30,3621.8%2,418
CHART NOTES: All attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. Teams may not have 81 home games listed due to doubleheaders played back-to-back. * = Marlins played last season at Sun Life Stadium. Opened Marlins Park this season. ** = Includes two designated home games against the Mariners in Tokyo in March.
TEAM-BY-TEAM ROUNDUP: The GLOBE & MAIL's Robert MacLeod noted the Blue Jays saw the club's "highest single-season hike in attendance since the first year the Rogers Centre opened in 1989" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/3). In West Palm Beach, Joe Capozzi noted Marlins Park will have the "smallest first-year attendance" of 11 ballparks that have opened since '01. Team officials "still say they are thrilled by the gate numbers, especially considering the team's dismal record." Last season, the Marlins ranked "28th out of 30 teams" (PALM BEACH POST, 10/2). The DALLAS MORNING NEWS noted the Rangers had "record-setting attendance numbers for the year." The club set team records with "38 sellouts (21 in 1994) and 59 crowds in excess of 40,000, including the season's final 10 dates" (DALLASNEWS.com, 9/30). ESPN.com's Darren Rovell noted for the "third straight season, attendance has declined" at Citi Field. The Mets "only sold 2.2 million tickets, meaning if everyone showed up, the smaller, 4-year-old ballpark would only be filled to 67 percent capacity." The Mets finished this year ranked "17th in the league in attendance, which ties them for the worst ranking they've had in more than a decade" (ESPN.com, 9/29).