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Dodgers Sees 13% Increase In Attendance, Top MLB For First Time Since '09

The Dodgers averaged 46,216 fans per game during the '13 regular season, up 13% from last year and marking the first time the club has led MLB at the gate since '09. Also seeing strong gains were the Nationals (+9%), who had the club's best attendance since their inaugural season in '05. The Pirates were up around 8% at PNC Park and drew the club's best attendance figure since the venue's inaugural season in '01. Attendance at Great American Ball Park was up 7.5% for Reds games, with the average of 31,151 setting a record for the venue (opened in '03). Three NL clubs saw double-digit percentage drops at the gate. The Marlins' average of 19,584 was down 28.5% during the second season in a new ballpark. The team averaged 19,007 for its final season at Sun Life Stadium in '11. The Phillies (-15.5%) and Brewers (-11%) also saw sharp drops. Listed below is team-by-team NL attendance, with comparisons to last season. See yesterday's issue for an MLB attendance trend from recent years and AL team figures for the '13 regular season (THE DAILY).

MLB NATIONAL LEAGUE REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
TEAM
DATES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
%+/-
DATES ('12)
Dodgers
81
3,743,527
46,216
82.5%
41,040
12.6%
81
Cardinals
81
3,369,769
41,602
94.6%
40,273
3.3%
81
Giants
81
3,369,106
41,594
99.2%
41,696
-0.2%
81
Phillies
81
3,012,403
37,190
85.2%
44,021
-15.5%
81
Rockies
81
2,793,828
34,492
68.3%
32,475
6.2%
81
Nationals
81
2,652,422
32,746
78.3%
30,010
9.1%
79
Cubs
81
2,642,682
32,626
79.5%
35,590
-8.3%
81
Braves
81
2,548,679
31,465
63.7%
29,879
5.3%
81
Brewers
81
2,531,105
31,248
74.6%
34,955
-10.6%
81
Reds
80
2,492,059
31,151
73.6%
28,978
7.5%
81
Pirates
80
2,256,862
28,211
73.5%
26,149
7.9%
80
Padres
81
2,166,691
26,749
62.9%
26,219
2.0%
81
Mets
80
2,135,657
26,696
63.7%
28,035
-4.8%
80
D-Backs
81
2,134,795
26,355
54.2%
26,884
-2.0%
81
Marlins
81
1,586,322
19,584
52.3%
27,401
-28.5%
81
NL TOTALS*
1,212
39,435,907
32,538
73.8%
32,102
1.4%
1,292
MLB TOTALS
2,426
74,026,895
30,514
70.6%
30,895
-1.2%
2,423
 

NOTES: * = The Astros were moved from the NL to the AL for the '13 season. The '12 NL total includes figures for the Astros.

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