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MLB Attendance Tracker for Weds. 5/25: A Marathon and Day Games Don’t Dent the Gate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown and David Simmons   
Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:10

MLBMaybe yesterday should have been renamed “Marathon Weds.” Not only did the Phillies and Reds go 19 innings over 6 hours and 11 minutes, while the Marlins and the Giants went a “more reasonable” 12 innings over 4 hours and 6 minutes.

We had one more rainout (Rays at Tigers), bringing the total to 31, tying 2007 for the most rainouts over the same period as the most over the last decade.

For those games that were played, the paid attendance numbers for Weds were rosy.

Ballparks were filled to 73 percent of capacity, no mean feat given that there were four day games. Contrast that to last Weds. when ballparks were filled to 53 percent of capacity.

The numbers were bolstered (yet again) by the Phillies who have sold out every home game this season (28 and counting this season, 151 consecutive, overall).

(See Demystifying When a Sellout Isn’t a Sellout, and Ticket-Selling Tricks of the Trade)

Here are Weds’ numbers:

Road

Home

Wed's
Attendance

Capacity

Sell-Thru

Notes

CIN

PHI

45,706

43,647

105%

19 innings. 6 hours, 11 minute game. Halladay start, ESPN2 Game

SEA

MIN

38,860

39,504

98%

Daygame

FL

SF

41,037

41,915

98%

12 innings. 4 hours, 6 minutes

NYM

CHC

36,666

41,210

89%


OAK

LAA

40,253

45,281

89%

Cooler

TOR

NYY

43,201

50,287

86%

Daygame

WSH

MIL

34,419

41,900

82%

Greinke start,daygame

CWS

TX

32,382

49,170

66%

Daygame

BOS

CLE

26,408

43,545

61%

Daygame between two "first place" teams

ATL

PIT

21,597

38,362

56%

Daygame

STL

SD

23,088

42,500

54%

Daygame

AZ

COL

26,972

50,449

53%


LAD

HOU

21,350

40,950

52%

Daygame

KC

BAL

15,740

45,971

34%


TB

DET

0

41,255

0%

Rainout #31 on the season. PPD until 6/13

Total over 14 games

447,679

614,691

73%


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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