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MLB Spring Training average attendance was down 5% this season compared to '12, when there was no competition from the World Baseball Classic. An earlier start also led to 27 more Spring Training games this season. The Grapefruit League saw a 3% drop, while the Cactus League. dropped 7%. The Yankees once again led the league in average attendance. The Pirates saw the biggest jump with an increase of over 13%, up to 6,229 fans per game. The Reds, coming off a division title, received a 9.7% increase over last season. The Cubs, in their final season at Mesa's Hohokam Stadium, averaged 8,552 fans. Cactus League parks played host to 13 WBC exhibitions versus MLB teams (THE DAILY).GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-GMS ('12) Yankees16164,79610,30010,855-5.1%15 Red Sox17164,8409,6969,4642.5%16 Phillies16138,3138,6459,593-9.9%16 Tigers17136,8588,0507,9351.5%17 Braves18134,8117,4907,4890.0%17 Orioles17120,4557,0867,093-0.1%15 Twins17113,8456,6977,344-8.8%16 Pirates1593,4336,2295,49313.4%15 Cardinals1698,7156,1706,604-6.6%13 Rays1790,9355,3495,495-2.7%16 Nationals1685,2705,3294,8809.2%15 Blue Jays1678,5094,9074,7513.3%16 Mets1783,4124,9075,358-8.4%15 Marlins1565,1364,3424,843-10.3%14 Astros1653,6023,3504,027-16.8%14 GRAPEFRUIT TOTALS2461,622,9306,5976,799-3.0%230CACTUS LEAGUE ATTENDANCE HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-GMS ('12) D'Backs16176,33611,02111,677-5.6%16 Giants15161,55810,77110,5202.4%16 Rockies14133,2409,51710,143-6.2%18 Cubs17145,3818,5529,580-10.7%16 Dodgers17138,9948,1768,1180.7%15 Angels16119,9247,4958,675-13.6%15 Mariners16107,8946,7437,899-14.6%13 Rangers17111,7286,5727,460-11.9%14 White Sox1485,9586,1406,417-4.3%17 A's1688,2025,5135,798-4.9%10 Royals1786,0295,0615,083-0.4%15 Padres1992,6384,8765,460-10.7%17 Brewers1572,9954,8665,574-12.7%16 Indians1777,5904,5644,677-2.4%16 Reds1563,6404,2433,8679.7%16 CACTUS TOTALS2411,662,1076,8977,444-7.3%230 MLB TOTALS4873,285,0376,7457,121-5.3%460
NOTE: Does not include games played against World Baseball Classic teams, college teams or games played outside of Spring Training venues.