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MLB Attendance Down 3% Through All-Star Break; Astros, Rangers Seeing Dip

MLB teams are averaging 29,220 fans per game through the All-Star break, down 3% compared to the same point last year. Eight MLB clubs are seeing a double-digit percentage drop. Among AL clubs, the Yankees lead the way with 39,669 fans per game. But that figure is down 7% from last year. The Rangers, despite coming off two straight World Series appearances and currently holding one of the two AL Wild Card spots, are seeing a 10% drop at the gate. The Astros are seeing the AL's sharpest drop during their first season after leaving the NL. Average attendance at Minute Maid Park is down 17% to date. The Blue Jays lead all MLB clubs in gains at the gate, up 18%. Also seeing respectable gains in the AL are the A's (+11%) and Orioles (+9%) (THE DAILY). MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "remains optimistic about closing the gap in the season's second half." MLB "has had 34 rainouts thus far in '13, sharply above the 21 for all of last year." Selig: "The weather has really hurt us this year" (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

Listed below is team-by-team attendance for AL clubs through the All-Star break, with comparisons to the same period last year. See tomorrow's issue for NL figures.

MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE THROUGH THE ALL-STAR BREAK
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
%+/-
GMS ('12)
Yankees
51
2,023,136
39,669
78.9%
42,595
-6.9%
45
Rangers
46
1,800,353
39,138
81.3%
43,608
-10.3%
45
Angels
49
1,813,696
37,014
81.4%
37,211
-0.5%
43
Tigers
48
1,776,552
37,012
89.7%
36,865
0.4%
43
Red Sox
47
1,595,834
33,954
90.9%
37,598
-9.7%
47
Blue Jays
46
1,445,173
31,417
63.7%
26,648
17.9%
45
Twins
44
1,366,733
31,062
79.6%
34,948
-11.1%
46
Orioles
49
1,445,310
29,496
64.2%
27,058
9.0%
44
A's
45
1,044,415
23,209
66.2%
21,011
10.5%
44
White Sox
39
877,481
22,500
55.4%
23,091
-2.6%
46
Royals
44
963,981
21,909
57.8%
23,703
-7.6%
41
Mariners
50
1,094,502
21,890
46.1%
22,286
-1.8%
44
Indians
48
920,827
19,184
45.4%
19,256
-0.4%
45
Astros*
49
895,320
18,272
43.4%
22,049
-17.1%
45
Rays
53
942,920
17,791
52.2%
20,892
-14.8%
47
AL TOTALS
708
20,006,233
28,257
66.5%
29,786
-5.1%
625
MLB TOTALS
781
22,821,024
29,220
67.6%
30,108
-2.9%
742
 

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. * = Astros moved from the NL to the AL for the '13 season.

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