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Volume 25 No. 51
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Royals, Blue Jays, Astros See Big Attendance Gains; Rays See Lowest Figure Since '05

MLB's average attendance for the '15 regular season was relatively flat compared to last year. Teams averaged 30,517 fans per game, up 0.2% from '14. AL teams were up just over 1% for the season, fueled by big gains for the Blue Jays, Royals and Astros. The Royals saw the biggest increase among all MLB clubs after their run to the World Series last season. Average attendance was up 38% at Kauffman Stadium this season as the team won its first division title since '85. That figure also marks the Royals' best attendance on record. The Astros saw a 23% increase during a surprise run to the AL Wild Card game, giving Minute Maid Park its best attendance since '10. The Blue Jays' first division title in 22 years led to an 18% increase at Rogers Centre. Despite a surprisingly strong season on the field, the Twins saw a fifth straight season of lower attendance (dating back to the opening of Target Field) and the club's lowest figure since '05. The Rays once again had the lowest attendance in MLB. Average attendance at Tropicana Field was down 14% from last year and the club's lowest figure since '05. Below are attendance figures for AL clubs this season. For NL figures, see tomorrow's issue (THE DAILY).

AMERICAN LEAGUE REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
DATES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
DATES ('14)
Yankees
80
3,193,795
39,922
80.4%
42,520
-6.1%
80
Angels
81
3,012,765
37,195
81.8%
38,221
-2.7%
81
Red Sox
81
2,880,694
35,564
94.7%
36,495
-2.6%
81
Blue Jays
81
2,794,891
34,505
71.3%
29,327
17.7%
81
Tigers
81
2,726,048
33,655
80.7%
36,015
-6.6%
81
Royals
81
2,708,549
33,439
88.2%
24,154
38.4%
81
Rangers
81
2,491,875
30,764
63.9%
33,565
-8.3%
81
Orioles*
78
2,320,588
29,751
65.5%
30,806
-3.4%
80
Twins
81
2,220,054
27,408
70.2%
27,785
-1.4%
81
Mariners
81
2,193,581
27,081
56.9%
25,486
6.3%
81
Astros
81
2,153,585
26,587
63.2%
21,628
22.9%
81
White Sox
80
1,755,810
21,948
54.0%
20,896
5.0%
79
Athletics
81
1,768,175
21,829
62.3%
25,045
-12.8%
80
Indians
78
1,388,905
17,806
48.3%
18,428
-3.4%
78
Rays
81
1,247,668
15,403
49.6%
17,858
-13.7%
81
AL TOTALS
1,207
34,856,983
28,879
69.2%
28,576
1.1%
1,207
MLB TOTALS
2,417
73,760,020
30,517
71.2%
30,458
0.2%
2,421
 

NOTES: * = Includes a three-game designated home series played at Tropicana Field this year; also does not include an April home game played without fans at Camden Yards.