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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 04 October 2010 12:04

MLBWith yesterday seeing the last games of MLB’s regular season, the league sees attendance down less than 1 percent (0.49) from last season. Paid attendance was 73,061,763 down from an adjusted 73,418,479 last season. As a result, MLB sees the fifth highest attendance in history, but two consecutive years of decline. 2007 saw a record 79,503,175 in paid attendance.

Below is a breakdown by years.


Total Attendance 2001-10




% (+/-)





































2010 2426 73,061,763 -0.49%


NOTE: The final league adjusted total will be released by MLB this afernoon

Select Read More to see attendance by club for 2009 and 2010

Rk Team # Gms
Attend (09) 09 Avg # Gms
Attend (10) 10 Avg Diff Dif Per
1 ARI 81 2,129,183 26,286 81 2,056,697 25,391 -72,486 -895
2 ATL 81 2,373,631 29,304 81 2,510,119 30,989 136,488 1,685
3 BAL 81 1,907,163 23,545 81 1,733,019 21,395 -174,144 -2,150
4 BOS 81 3,062,699 37,811 81 3,046,445 37,610 -16,254 -201
5 CHC 80 3,168,859 39,611 81 3,062,973 37,814 -105,886 -1,796
6 CHW 81 2,284,163 28,200 81 2,194,378 27,091 -89,785 -1,108
7 CIN 81 1,747,919 21,579 81 2,060,550 25,439 312,631 3,860
8 CLE 81 1,766,242 21,805 81 1,391,644 17,181 -374,598 -4,625
9 COL 81 2,665,080 32,902 81 2,875,245 35,497 210,165 2,595
10 DET 81 2,567,192 31,694 81 2,461,237 30,386 -105,955 -1,308
11 FLA 81 1,464,109 18,075 81 1,524,894 18,826 60,785 750
12 HOU 81 2,521,081 31,124 81 2,331,490 28,784 -189,591 -2,341
13 KCR 81 1,799,686 22,218 81 1,615,327 19,942 -184,359 -2,276
14 LAA 81 3,240,386 40,005 81 3,250,814 40,134 10,428 129
15 LAD 81 3,761,669 46,440 81 3,562,320 43,979 -199,349 -2,461
16 MIL 81 3,037,451 37,499 81 2,776,531 34,278 -260,920 -3,221
17 MIN 81 2,362,149 29,162 81 3,223,640 39,798 861,491 10,636
18 NYM 81 3,154,270 38,942 81 2,559,738 31,602 -594,532 -7,340
19 NYY 81 3,719,358 45,918 81 3,765,807 46,491 46,449 573
20 OAK 81 1,408,783 17,392 81 1,418,391 17,511 9,608 119
21 PHI 81 3,600,693 44,453 84 3,777,322 44,968 176,629 515
22 PIT 81 1,577,853 19,480 81 1,613,399 19,919 35,546 439
23 SDP 81 2,154,203 26,595 81 2,131,774 26,318 -22,429 -277
24 SEA 81 2,195,128 27,100 81 2,085,630 25,749 -109,498 -1,352
25 SFG 81 2,861,111 35,322 81 3,037,443 37,499 176,332 2,177
26 STL 81 3,343,252 41,275 81 3,301,218 40,756 -42,034 -519
27 TBR 81 1,874,962 23,148 81 1,864,999 23,025 -9,963 -123
28 TEX 81 2,156,016 26,617 81 2,505,171 30,928 349,155 4,311
29 TOR 78 1,786,626 22,905 78 1,495,482 19,173 -291,144 -3,733
30 WSN 81 1,817,280 22,436 81 1,828,066 22,569 10,786 133
TOTAL 2,426 73,508,197 30,300 2,430 73,061,763 30,067 -446,434 -184

Source: Baseball-Reference
Other notes from MLB:

· The New York Yankees finished the 2010 home regular season with a total attendance of 3,765,803, averaging 46,491 per game.  Their overall home attendance and per game average attendance both led the Majors.  They surpassed their home attendance figures for the 2009 regular season (3,719,358 total / 45,918 per game).


· For the fifth straight season, the Philadelphia Phillies set franchise records in home total attendance and average attendance.  Through their 81 dates at Citizens Bank Park this season, the Phillies totaled 3,647,249 for an average attendance of 45,028.  For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies sold out all 81 of their home games and finished the regular season with 123 consecutive sold out crowds at Citizens Bank park (since July 7, 2009).


· The Minnesota Twins eclipsed three million fans for the second time in franchise history and set a new all-time franchise record with a 2010 home attendance of 3,223,640.  The previous record of 3,030,672 was set in 1988, the year following the Twins first-ever World Series Championship.  During the inaugural season at Target Field, the Twins sold out a franchise-record 79 games (including 78 consecutive).  They also drew crowds of 40,000 or more in 22 consecutive games from July 3rd – August 31st, eclipsing the previous mark of seven consecutive games of 40,000 or more fans set from August 10-20, 1988.


· The Texas Rangers finished the 2010 regular season with an average home attendance of 30,928, an increase of 3,287 fans per game over the final average in 2009, and this season marked the franchise’s highest average attendance since 2005.


· The Milwaukee Brewers’ final home attendance of 2,776,531 was the fifth-highest in team history.  Four of those top five years have taken place in each of the last four seasons (the other was 2001, when Miller Park opened).


· The St. Louis Cardinals eclipsed three million in home attendance on September 19th against San Diego for the seventh consecutive season and the fifth consecutive season at Busch Stadium III.  The Cardinals have surpassed the three million mark 14 times overall and were the fourth team in Major League Baseball this season to eclipse the three million mark behind the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers.  The final season attendance of 3,301,218, which included 27 sellouts, was the seventh-highest in franchise history.


· The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim surpassed three million fans for the eighth consecutive season to extend the current club record.  The Yankees are the only other A.L. team that has accomplished that feat.  The Halos’ 2010 average home attendance of 40,133 ranked second in the A.L. to New York (46,491).  The Angels’ final home attendance of 3,250,754 was up 10,368 fans from 2009.


· The Chicago Cubs, who reached three million fans at Wrigley Field for the seventh season in a row, are one of only five Major League franchises to surpass the mark every year since 2004.  The Cubs are the only Chicago professional sports team to ever reach three million in attendance and are one of only five teams in Major League Baseball to have reached three million fans in each of the last seven seasons, joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.


· The Boston Red Sox extended their record streak of consecutive sellouts at Fenway Park to 631 games, dating back to May 15, 2003.  The Red Sox topped the three million mark for the third consecutive year.


· The San Francisco Giants eclipsed the three million mark for the ninth time in the last 11 years with 3,037,443 fans.


· The Pittsburgh Pirates saw a 2.25% increase in attendance from 2009 and had seven sellouts at PNC Park, the most since having nine in 2008.


· The Atlanta Braves set an Atlanta-era (since 1966) record for regular season attendance with 54,296 fans on October 2nd vs. Philadelphia on Bobby Cox Day.  The Braves also set a three-game series total attendance record for the Atlanta era with 158,048 from October 1st-3rd.


· The New York Mets set a single-game Citi Field attendance record with 41,422 fans on June 23rd against the New York Yankees.


The 2010 season marked another strong year for competitive balance:

· Only three Clubs – the Phillies, the Twins and the Yankees – are making at least a second consecutive appearance in the postseason.  In the Wild Card era (since 1995), only one year has produced fewer “repeat” postseason Clubs – in 2007, when only one Club made a consecutive appearance.  (There were also three such Clubs in 2000 and 2006.)

· The 2010 regular season marks only the fourth time in the Wild Card era that the Club with the best record in Major League Baseball did not have a winning percentage of .600 or greater.

· The Cincinnati Reds are making their first postseason appearance since 1995.

· The Rangers are making their first postseason appearance since 1999.

· The Giants are making their first postseason appearance since 2003.

· The Atlanta Braves are making their first postseason appearance since 2005.

· The Tampa Bay Rays, who finished with the American League’s best record at 96-66, qualified for the postseason for the second time in three years.

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