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MLB Attendance Tracker for Mon. 5/16: Ballparks Barely 50% Full, Five Below 40% PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown and David Simmons   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:08

MLBIt's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday

If there’s a song being hummed around MLB today, it’s possibly that pop song from the ‘80s by The Bangles.  Yesterday was one of the worst attended days of the season, with ballparks being filled to an average of just 53 percent, and five clubs seeing attendance under 40 percent.

And, it gets worse.

The Dodgers, who have been fighting attendance woes all season barely cracked 35,000 on a night when there were discounted tickets. The Nationals, had a dollar night promo that had just over 50 percent sell-thru (granted, the Nats were playing the Pirates). And finally, the A’s woes at the gate continued with attendance just cracking the 11,000 mark.

You get the sense that all around the league, execs are looking up at the calendar and praying for Memorial Day to arrive.

Here’s Monday’s breakdown. At least there were no rainouts on Monday

Road

Home

Mon's
Attendance

Capacity

Sell-Thru

Notes

BAL

BOS

37,138

37,493

99%

Got to see Adrian Gonzalez walkoff

PHI

STL

34,884

43,975

79%

ESPN Monday Night Game, Cliff Lee start

NYY

TB

25,024

36,973

68%

1st place, 1st of 9 games vs. Yanks

SF

COL

33,228

50,445

66%

Lincecum starting

MIL

LAD

35,346

56,000

63%

Discounted tickets for Either's streak

FL

NYM

23,721

41,800

57%


TX

CWS

23,048

40,615

57%


PIT

WASH

21,960

41,888

52%

$1 dog, $1 peanuts, $1 popcorn, and some $1 tickets

TOR

DET

20,444

41,255

50%


CHI

CIN

16,981

42,059

40%

First place and Cubs game

SD

AZ

17,958

49,033

37%


HOU

ATL

17,416

49,743

35%


LAA

OAK

11,061

35,067

32%


MIN

SEA

14,859

47,116

32%

2 last place teams, Pineda start

CLE

KC

12,242

39,000

31%


Total over 15 games

345,310


53%


 


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David SimmonsDavid Simmons is a graduate of the University of Central Florida who worked in the front office of the Los Angeles Dodgers over 4 seasons and has a decade of ticketing experience.. He serves as CFO for Players For The Planet and currently resides in Baltimore. You can follow David on Twitter @davidesimmons

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