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MLB Attendance Tracker for Thurs. 5/19: Is MLB Beginning to Pull Out of the Attendance Doldrums? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown and David Simmons   
Friday, 20 May 2011 08:10

MLBCould MLB be pulling out of the attendance malaise? Maybe.

While not earth-shattering, ballparks across MLB were filled to nearly 60 percent of capacity on Thurs. (57%), a decent showing considering there were 3 day games, and interleague starts today. Especially impressive was Astros-Cardinals game from Busch Stadium which had a 1:45pm game start and drew 36,409, or 83 percent of capacity.

Still, there were some serious laggards.

Topping the list of poorly attended games was Tampa Bay at Toronto. Pulling in 12,590, or just 25 percent of Roger Centre’s capacity, it was the worst by capacity game of the day.

The worst attended game goes to the Rangers at the Royals, or 12,137 paid attendance.

Below are the numbers and notes from Thursday’s games:

Road

Home

Thur's
Attendance

Capacity

Sell-Thru

Notes

COL

PHI

45,425

43,647

104%


DET

BOS

37,660

37,495

100%

Play-Fan Photo. Won 6th straight

HOU

STL

36,409

43,975

83%

Daygame

WSH

NYM

26,835

41,800

64%

Daygame

MIN

OAK

22,320

35,067

64%

Free Hot Dog, Daygame

PIT

CIN

26,018

42,271

62%

Daygame

SF

LAD

34,248

56,000

61%


CLE

CWS

22,077

40,615

54%


NYY

BAL

24,939

45,971

54%


ATL

AZ

23,413

49,033

48%


CHC

FL

16,345

38,560

42%


LAA

SEA

18,374

47,116

39%

FG Fly Swatter, Daygame

MIL

SD

16,286

42,445

38%


TX

KC

12,137

39,000

31%


TB

TOR

12,590

49,539

25%


Total over 15 games

375,076

652,534

57%


Sell-Thru = Percentage of capacity


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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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