Minor League Baseball Ends '12 Season With Slight Attendance Uptick
Minor League Baseball ended its '12 regular season with a final attendance of 41.28 million, a fractional increase from the 41.25 million recorded last year. The increase ends two straight years of slight declines, and ‘12 marks the eighth straight year the affiliated minors topped 41 million in total attendance. The Triple-A Int’l League Lehigh Valley (Pa.) IronPigs led all U.S.-based clubs for the third straight year with an average per-game attendance of 9,153.
The Triple-A Int’l and Pacific Coast leagues, Double-A Eastern and Southern leagues, Single-A California, Florida State, South Atlantic and New York-Penn, and Rookie Northwest and Appalachian leagues all posted decreases. Attendance grew in the Mexican League, Double-A Texas, Single-A Carolina and Midwest, and Rookie Pioneer leagues.