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  • MLB Sees Best Attendance Since '08; Orioles, Nats See Boost During Playoff Runs

    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
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('11)
    Phillies
    81
    3,565,718
    44,021
    100.8%
    45,441
    -3.1%
    81
    Yankees
    81
    3,542,406
    43,733
    87.0%
    45,107
    -3.0%
    81
    Rangers
    81
    3,460,280
    42,720
    88.6%
    36,382
    17.4%
    81
    Giants
    81
    3,377,371
    41,696
    99.5%
    41,819
    -0.3%
    81
    Dodgers
    81
    3,324,246
    41,040
    73.3%
    36,232
    13.3%
    81
    Cardinals
    81
    3,262,109
    40,273
    91.6%
    38,197
    5.4%
    81
    Angels
    81
    3,061,770
    37,800
    82.2%
    39,090
    -3.3%
    81
    Red Sox
    81
    3,043,003
    37,568
    100.5%
    37,704
    -0.4%
    81
    Tigers
    81
    3,028,033
    37,383
    90.6%
    32,618
    14.6%
    81
    Cubs
    81
    2,882,756
    35,590
    86.8%
    37,259
    -4.5%
    81
    Brewers
    81
    2,831,385
    34,955
    83.4%
    37,918
    -7.8%
    81
    Twins
    81
    2,776,354
    34,276
    86.8%
    39,113
    -12.4%
    81
    Rockies
    81
    2,630,458
    32,475
    64.4%
    35,766
    -9.2%
    81
    Nationals
    79
    2,370,794
    30,010
    72.3%
    24,878
    20.6%
    78
    Braves
    81
    2,420,171
    29,879
    60.4%
    30,037
    -0.5%
    79
    Reds
    81
    2,347,251
    28,978
    68.5%
    27,327
    6.0%
    81
    Mets
    80
    2,242,803
    28,035
    67.1%
    30,161
    -7.1%
    78
    Marlins*
    81
    2,219,444
    27,401
    73.2%
    19,007
    44.2%
    80
    D'Backs
    81
    2,177,617
    26,884
    55.3%
    25,993
    3.4%
    81
    Orioles
    79
    2,102,240
    26,611
    57.9%
    21,943
    21.3%
    80
    Padres
    81
    2,123,721
    26,219
    61.4%
    26,457
    -0.9%
    81
    Pirates
    80
    2,091,918
    26,149
    68.2%
    24,255
    7.8%
    80
    Blue Jays
    81
    2,099,663
    25,922
    52.6%
    22,446
    15.5%
    81
    White Sox
    81
    1,965,955
    24,271
    59.8%
    24,707
    -1.8%
    81
    Royals
    80
    1,739,859
    21,748
    57.4%
    21,293
    2.1%
    81
    Mariners
    81
    1,721,920
    21,258
    44.4%
    23,419
    -9.2%
    81
    A's**
    81
    1,679,013
    20,729
    58.7%
    18,460
    12.3%
    80
    Astros
    81
    1,607,733
    19,849
    48.4%
    25,519
    -22.2%
    81
    Indians
    81
    1,603,596
    19,797
    45.6%
    22,726
    -12.9%
    81
    Rays
    81
    1,559,681
    19,255
    56.5%
    18,879
    2.0%
    81
    MLB TOTALS
    2,423
    74,859,268
    30,895
    71.3%
    30,362
    1.8%
    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).

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