While itâ€™s exceptionally early in the 2010 MLB season, the league is seeing a 4 percent decline in attendance compared to the same period last season. Currently, MLB sees average attendance of 28,790 compared to 29,865 in 2009 over the same period.
During the same period, both years saw three games with attendance under 10,000. The lowest attended game to date was the April 12 game between the Rays and Orioles at Camden Yards (9,129), this compares to 8,790 on April 20 of last year between the Marlins and Pirates at PNC Park.
There have been three record lows early this season. The Cleveland Indians drew 10,071 in their second game at what is now called Progressive Field, the Toronto Blue Jays drew 10,610 for their third home game against the Chicago White Sox, their smallest home crowd since they moved into the Rogers Centre in June of 1989, and that low water mark game mentioned for the Orioles against Rays was the lowest attended game in the 19-year history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Last year at this time, there had been nine rainouts compared to three rainouts over the same period this year.
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