No, I don’t provide pictures on Twitter of empty seats at ballgames early in the season to make a claim that MLB is “losing its fans.” Instead, I take a look at the numbers and provide some context. Using this data I go into the subject on Baseball Prospectus via 12 Detailed Looks At Early MLB Attendance. Here’s one of the twelve:
Attendance Is Up
The league has seen attendance rise a whopping 20 percent compared to the same point last year, averaging 30,334 compared to 25,231 by this point in 2011. A large part of this is the fact that the now Miami Marlins have a new stadium that is drawing substantially bigger numbers than Sun Life Stadium did last year (more on that in a bit). Additionally, the weather and other factors are helping the league at the gate. Just 10 of the 30 clubs are seeing declines compared to this point last season.
I also provide a chart for each of the Divisions in the league an compare average attendance numbers from 2011 and 2012 over the same period. Here’s an example of the AL Central:
Once again, see the article here on Baseball Prospectus: 12 Detailed Looks At Early MLB Attendance
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