Through 13 postseason games, Major League Baseball has seen an average of 45,051 in paid attendance. With larger ballparks seeing action in the postseason last year, the number is a decrease of 7.84 percent from the 48,884 average over the same number of games for LDS play last season.
The highest attended game, thus far, in Division Series play has been 53,284 for last night’s Giants-Braves game from Turner Field. That game, along with the Rangers game on Sat are the two postseason games to crack more than 50,000 in attendance. Last year saw 5 such games, with the Metrodome, Dodger Stadium, and Yankee Stadium seeing the high figures. Other high notes this Division Series include the 44,599 that attended last night’s Phillies-Reds Game 4 of the NLDS from Great American Ballpark, a new all-time single-game attendance record for GABP. The 51,746 for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Rays and Rangers on Saturday at The Ballpark in Arlington was a complete sellout.
The Rays have seen at or near sellout games with 35,474 for Game 1 of the ALDS with the Rangers this past Weds, and 35,535 for Game 2 on Thursday. The numbers are likely to increase on Tuesday with the deciding Game 5 seeing David Price going up against Cliff Lee (8 p.m. ET – TBS) for the right to play the Yankees in the ALCS. Attendance is also likely to remain high when the Giants take on the Braves tonight at Turner Field (7:30 p.m. ET – TBS) in Game 4 of the NLDS.
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