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Minor League Baseball Draws Over 42.2 Millon Fans, Up Slightly From Last Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 14:06

MiLBMinor League Baseball today announced that its 15 leagues and 174 clubs drew 41,252,053 fans in 10,238 openings this regular season. The average crowd of 4,029 represents a 0.9% increase over last year. Sixteen clubs and the Florida State League set regular season attendance records. 

“Minor League Baseball faced many challenges in 2011,” Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner said. “Inclement weather plagued our leagues throughout the season. The increased number of lost dates compromised our total attendance, but the key indicator of average attendance remained strong with an increase over a year ago.

“Our teams remain committed to our communities across this country and thank all fans of Minor League Baseball for their continued support and enthusiasm.”

The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs led all clubs in total attendance (628,925) and average crowd (9,249). Other classification leaders include the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders (509,331/7,276); Class A Dayton Dragons (571,886/8,288); and the Brooklyn Cyclones (245,087/7,002) among Short Season/Rookie clubs.

This season’s total attendance is only 176,090 fans or four-tenths of one percent (0.4%) less than 2010 when 176 clubs attracted 41,428,143 fans in 140 more openings. The Mexican League had two fewer clubs this season, as Chihuahua and Laredo are dormant until suitable playing facilities can be found for them. These two clubs attracted over 209,000 fans in 2010.

2011 Attendance by League:

International

6,664,206

Florida State

     1,296,962

Pacific Coast

6,925,290

Midwest

     3,983,282

Mexican

3,322,029

South Atlantic

     3,125,934

Eastern

3,923,381

New York-Penn

     1,749,891

Southern

2,175,505

Northwest

        913,986

Texas

2,822,109

Appalachian

        295,563

California

1,593,398

Pioneer

        670,886

Carolina

1,789,631

Total

41,252,053

Source: MiLB


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