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MLB Attendance Tracker for Fri 5/27: Memorial Day Dings Gate, But 2011 Now Up Over 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown and David Simmons   
Saturday, 28 May 2011 19:42

Major League Baseball saw just one sellout on Friday, and overall, attendance lagged, due to many traveling out of town for Memorial Day. Across 15 games on Friday, ballparks were filled to just 64 percent of capacity, compared to 72 percent of capacity last Friday, the first day of interleague play.

Even though the Twins have the worst record in the league, the team’s performance last season continues to bolster paid attendance this year. Against the Angels, the game drew 38,976 in paid attendance – a sellout, according to the Twins – or 99 percent of Target Field’s 39,504 capacity. It was the club’s 12th sellout on the season, meaning all games except for 9 have reached that threshold number.

On the downside, the A’s drew just 12,110 or 35 percent of Overstock.com Stadium hosting the Orioles. Lowest game by percentage of capacity (sell-thru) was (yet again) the Blue Jays who had a paid attendance of 15,558 against the White Sox, and remember, the club doesn’t have Memorial Day travel as an excuse.

If this all seems gloomy, consider this: based on average attendance, 2011 is now running ahead of last season.

To date there have been 753 games played across the league bringing in a total attendance of 21,354,188 or an average of 28,359. Compare that to last season over the same period when there was 20,698,872 in paid attendance over 737 games, or an average of 28,085.

Below are the numbers for Friday:

Road

Home

Fri's
Attendance

Capacity

Sell-Thru

Notes

LAA

MIN

38,976

39,504

99%

Sellout. 12th of the season over 19 games. Fireworks

SF

MIL

37,034

41,900

88%

Spring Madness, Lincecum road start

PIT

CHC

34,105

41,210

83%

Daygame

BOS

DET

34,046

41,255

83%

Fireworks

PHI

NYM

33,882

42,000

81%

Towel

KC

TX

39,390

49,170

80%

Fireworks

NYY

SEA

33,715

47,447

71%

Pineda start, still worst in league based on total season sell thru %

CIN

ATL

30,701

49,743

62%

Fireworks

FL

LAD

34,407

56,000

61%

Fireworks

AZ

HOU

21,834

40,950

53%

Fireworks

SD

WSH

21,024

41,888

50%

Mug Giveaway, Nats Walkoff

CLE

TB

16,800

36,973

45%

T-Shirt

STL

COL

21,285

50,440

42%

Witness worse Jimenez start ever

BAL

OAK

12,110

35,067

35%

Family Friday

CWS

TOR

15,558

49,539

31%

Fan Fridays, still 2nd worst in league based on sell thru %

Over 15 games


424,867

663,086

64%


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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