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MLB Avg. Attendance Down 1%, With 16 Extra Rainouts Compared To Last Season

MLB teams averaged 30,514 fans per game this season, down around 1% from '12. However, this season's average is still ahead of the final figures from '09-11. Teams filled MLB ballparks to just over 70% capacity during the 2,426 dates this season. Among AL clubs, the Yankees led the way with 40,489 fans per game, but were down 7%. The Twins, Rangers and White Sox also saw sharp drops at the gate. Despite finishing last in the AL East, the Blue Jays led all MLB clubs in gains at the gate (+21%). Also seeing strong gains were the Orioles and A’s (THE DAILY). With last night's AL tiebreaker, MLB ended the '13 regular season with a total attendance of 74.03 million, down 1%. The total attendance decrease is the first for the league since '10. MLB attendance was hampered by 34 rainouts before the All-Star break this season, far exceeding the 21 posted for all of the '12 season. MLB had just three more rainouts in the second-half of the '13 season, allowing it to close the gap somewhat on last year's pace. With this year's total, MLB also extends a run in which the last 10 years have represented the 10 best-attended seasons in league history (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

MLB AVERAGE ATTENDANCE TREND
SEASON
AVG.
SEASON
AVG.
'13
30,514
'08
32,528
'12
30,895
'07
32,785
'11
30,362
'06
31,423
'10
30,138
'05
30,987
'09
30,330
'04
30,401
       
MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDNCE
TEAM
DATES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
%+/-
DATES ('12)
Yankees
81
3,279,589
40,489
80.5%
43,733
-7.4%
81
Rangers*
82
3,178,273
38,759
81.6%
42,720
-9.3%
81
Tigers
81
3,083,397
38,067
92.3%
37,383
1.8%
81
Angels
81
3,019,505
37,278
82.0%
37,800
-1.4%
81
Red Sox
81
2,833,333
34,979
93.5%
37,568
-6.9%
81
Blue Jays
81
2,536,562
31,316
63.5%
25,922
20.8%
81
Twins
81
2,477,644
30,588
78.4%
34,276
-10.8%
81
Orioles
81
2,357,561
29,106
63.3%
26,611
9.4%
79
Athletics
81
1,809,302
22,337
63.7%
20,729
7.8%
81
White Sox
80
1,768,413
22,105
54.4%
24,271
-8.9%
81
Mariners
81
1,761,546
21,747
45.8%
21,258
2.3%
81
Royals
81
1,750,754
21,614
57.0%
21,748
-0.6%
80
Astros**
81
1,651,883
20,394
48.5%
19,849
2.7%
81
Indians
80
1,572,926
19,662
46.5%
19,797
-0.7%
81
Rays
81
1,510,300
18,646
54.7%
19,255
-3.2%
81
AL TOTALS
1,214
34,590,988
28,493
67.2%
29,517
-3.5%
1,131
MLB TOTALS
2,426
74,026,895
30,514
70.6%
30,895
-1.2%
2,423
               

NOTES: * = Includes a tiebreaker hosted by the Rangers to determine the second AL Wild Card spot. ** = The Astros were moved from the NL to the AL for the '13 season. NL totals include figures for the Astros from last season.

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