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Written by David Simmons   
Thursday, 31 May 2012 08:54

MLB Attendance

As we pass Memorial Day, pools are open in the Northeast and it’s now time for baseball to take center stage. A third of the way through the season attendance watching takes on more significance. While “no game is ever the same” in the same sense, no schedule is ever the same.  If your favorite team has already hosted a key rival and the Yankees their attendance could be artificially increased. The warm weather, new Marlins stadium, and newfound ownership stability in the two largest markets baseball plays in have been a boon at the box office across the league. Attendance is up throughout Major League Baseball seeing an increase of 1,927 fans per game or 7% league-wide.

A deeper look at the numbers should have MLB pleased: 19 clubs are seeing an increase, two are running flat, and only nine clubs are seeing a decrease.  Given the markets, it’s possible the Reds, Braves, and Brewers all overcoming their decreases vs. the end of last season. Decreases of note can be found in Cleveland, Anaheim, and both New York clubs, as well.

Looking at average attendance compared against the 2011 season average, the clubs seeing the the best attendance increases against the end of last season and most likely to maintain their increases. They are the 2011 World Series opponents Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals;  plus the Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Oakland Athletics. With the additional Wild Card teams added, only 8 teams are more than 5.5 games out of the playoffs. This playoff possibility for more teams should lead to even more ticket sales increases in September throughout baseball. Here’s a deeper look at how clubs are doing as compared to their attendance last season through the same number of home games as a percentage against the rest of MLB.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE THE LIST OF ALL 30 CLUBS BY ATTENDANCE

Miami Marlins (27-22)

28,713 fans per game

Up 69% thru 23 home games, Up 51% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Washington Nationals (29-19)

27,331 fans per game

Up 38% thru 23 home games, Up 10% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Detroit Tigers (23-25)

35,201 fans per game

Up 36% thru 23 home games, Up 8% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Kansas City Royals (19-28)

22,831 fans per game

Up 26% thru 22 home games, Up 7% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Toronto Blue Jays (25-24)

25,395 fans per game

Up 22% thru 22 home games, Up 13% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Arizona Diamondbacks (22-27)

28,147 fans per game

Up 21% thru 25 home games, Up 8% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Texas Rangers (31-18)

43,924 fans per game

Up 21% thru 23 home games, Up 21% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Atlanta Braves (26-24)

28,535 fans per game

Up 20% thru 20 home games, Down 5% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Pittsburgh Pirates (24-24)

22,795 fans per game

Up 18% thru 24 home games, Down 6% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

St. Louis Cardinals (27-22)

42,096 fans per game

Up 15% thru 24 home games, Up 10% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Cincinnati Reds (27-21)

26,666 fans per game

Up 14% thru 24 home games, Down 2% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Oakland A’s (22-27)

20,218 fans per game

Up 13% thru 25 home games, Up 11% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Baltimore Orioles (29-20)

22,569 fans per game

Up 10% thru 27 home games, Up 3% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Tampa Bay Rays (29-20)

19,800 fans per game

Up 10% thru 24 home games, Up 5% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Seattle Mariners (21-30)

20,781 fans per game

Up 8% thru 22 home games, Down 11% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Milwaukee Brewers (20-28)

35,440 fans per game

Up 7% thru 24 home games, Down 7% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Los Angeles Dodgers (32-16)

38,688 fans per game

Up 7% thru 26 home games, Down 7% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Chicago Cubs (16-32)

37,285 fans per game

Up 6% thru 24 home games, Down 0% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Boston Red Sox (24-24)

37,601 fans per game

Up 1% thru 23 home games, Down 0% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

SF Giants (26-23)

41,481 fans per game

Down 1% thru 22 home games, Down 1% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Philadelphia Phillies (26-24)

44,937 fans per game

Down 1% thru 24 home games, Down 1% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Colorado Rockies (19-29)

32,223 fans per game

Down 3% thru 23 home games, Down 10% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

NY Yankees (26-22)

40,950 fans per game

Down 4% thru 25 home games, Down 9% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

NY Mets (27-22)

26,321 fans per game

Down 5% thru 24 home games, Down 13% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

SD Padres (17-33)

24,351 fans per game

Down 5% thru 28 home games, Down 8% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Houston Astros (22-27)

22,839 fans per game

Down 9% thru 26 home games, Down 10% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Chicago White Sox (27-22)

20,663 fans per game

Down 9% thru 25 home games, Down 16% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Cleveland Indians (27-21)

16,375 fans per game

Down 11% thru 26 home games, Down 28% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Minnesota Twins (16-32)

34,093 fans per game

Down 12% thru 23 home games, Down 13% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Anaheim Angels (25-25)

33,581 fans per game

Down 14% thru 21 home games, Down 14% vs. final 2011 AVG

 

Note: Data as of 5/29 per MLB and attendance as of 5/28 per ESPN & Baseball-Reference


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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