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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 02:35

MLBAs we reported on Weds., MLB saw 1,314,428 in total paid attendance for the 30 openers, down 0.1 percent from 1,313,137 for 2009’s 30 openers (see complete details). In a sign that fans love the beginning of the season, ballparks were filled to an average of 101 percent of capacity.

But, what about when the party is over? The first game after the opener? With the Diamondbacks winning the 9-7 marathon at Dodger Stadium late Weds./early Thursday morning, all 30 of the “second games” are now in, and with that a total of 890,280 in paid attendance was registered, a decline of 32.8 percent from the 30 home openers.

Three clubs posted higher attendance for their second game than their openers. The Red Sox drew 38,000 compared to 37,440 for the opener, a difference of 1.5 percent. The Red Sox were joined by the Phillies (45,438 in second game compared to 44,791 for the opener, a difference of 1.4 percent) and Giants Phillies (42,985 in second game compared to 42,940 for the opener, a difference of 0.1 percent).

As expected, the other 27 clubs saw varying degrees of decline for the game after the home opener, with the Cleveland Indians leading the way with their lowest attended game in the history of what is now called Progressive Field. The Tribe saw 10,071 in their second game after drawing 42,061 for their opener, a decline of 76.1 percent. The Indians were closely followed by the Blue Jays who saw 12,167 in their second game after drawing 46,321 for their opener, a decline of 73.7 percent. The Blue Jays were followed by the A’s (10,090 in their second game compared to 30,686 for the opener, a decline of 67.1 percent), and Mariners (15,978 in their second game compared to 45,876 for the opener, a decline of 65.2 percent).

For details on opener-to-second game attendance for each of the 30 clubs in 2010, select READ MORE

Opener Date

Team

Opener

2nd Game

% (+/-)

Opponent

Sun. 4/4

R. Sox

37,440

38,000

1.5%

Yankees

Mon. 4/5

Nationals

41,290

27,240

-34.0%

Phillies

Mon. 4/5

Reds

42,493

28,132

-33.8%

Cardinals

Mon. 4/5

Mets

41,245

38,863

-5.8%

Marlins

Mon. 4/5

Pirates

39,024

31,061

-20.4%

Dodgers

Mon. 4/5

W. Sox

38,935

19,514

-49.9%

Indians

Mon. 4/5

Rangers

50,299

22,890

-54.5%

Blue Jays

Mon. 4/5

Brewers

45,808

37,344

-18.5%

Rockies

Mon. 4/5

Royals

40,052

10,574

-73.6%

Tigers

Mon. 4/5

Braves

53,081

36,170

-31.9%

Cubs

Mon. 4/5

D-Backs

49,192

37,344

-24.1%

Padres

Mon. 4/5

Astros

43,836

24,237

-44.7%

Giants

Mon. 4/5

Angels

43,504

43,510

0.0%

Twins

Mon. 4/5

A's

30,686

10,090

-67.1%

Mariners

Tues. 4/6

Rays

36,973

15,220

-58.8%

Orioles

Fri. 4/9

Tigers

45,010

35,332

-21.5%

Indians

Fri. 4/9

Orioles

48,891

21,148

-56.7%

Blue Jays

Fri. 4/9

Rockies

49,509

36,090

-27.1%

Padres

Fri. 4/9

Giants

42,940

42,985

0.1%

Braves

Fri. 4/9

Marlins

40,666

25,308

-37.8%

Dodgers

Mon. 4/11

Cubs

41,306

39,565

-4.2%

Brewers

Mon. 4/11

Indians

42,061

10,071

-76.1%

Rangers

Mon. 4/11

Twins

38,145

38,164

0.0%

Red Sox

Mon. 4/11

Cardinals

46,918

35,883

-23.5%

Astros

Mon. 4/11

Padres

42,843

24,969

-41.7%

Braves

Mon. 4/11

Mariners

45,876

15,978

-65.2%

A's

Mon. 4/11

Blue Jays

46,321

12,167

-73.7%

W. Sox

Tues. 4/12

Phillies

44,791

45,438

1.4%

Nationals

Tues. 4/12

Yankees

49,293

42,372

-14.0%

Angels

Tues. 4/12

Dodgers

56,000

44,621

-20.3%

D-Backs

TOTALS

1,324,797

890,280

-32.8%

 


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