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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 01:04
2009 LDS Attendance Stats
Select the image above to see complete attendance stats for
the 2009 League Division Series

With the Phillies coming from behind in the 9th, and winning Game 4 of the NLDS against the Rockies 5-4, the 2009 League Division Series comes to a close and baseball fans will look toward the League Championship Series which begins on Thursday with the Phillies playing the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The LDS saw total attendance of 631,346 over 13 games for an average of 48,346, an increase of 12 percent over the 2008 LDS average of 42,626. The 2008 Division Series saw 15 games draw a total of 639,394 in attendance.

Showing that clubs will squeeze in as many fans as possible for postseason games, based on regular season seating capacity, the eight ballparks where games were played saw them filled to an average of 105 percent of capacity.

Other 2009 LDS info:

  • The 2009 League Division Series started exactly one week later than the 2008 LDS due to the World Baseball Classic moving the beginning of the regular season up.
  • The Angels/Red Sox ALDS was completed between the time it took to get Games 2 and 3 in for the Rockies and Phillies due to the Game 3 NLDS snowout in Denver on Saturday the 10th
  • 2009 saw three Division Series ending in teams being swept (Red Sox, Cardinals, Twins). The last time that happened was 2007 (Angels, Cubs, Phillies)
  • The average time for all 14 games of the 2009 LDS was 3:31
  • Only one game was under 3 hours long. The NLDS Rockies v Phillies Game 1 was 2:48
  • There were two games over 4 hours. Game 2 of the ALCS between the Twins and Yankees went 4:22 while Game 3 of the NLDS between the Phillies and Rockies went 4:06.
  • The game-time temperature of Game 3 of the NLDS between the Phillies and Rockies at Coors Field (a 7:07p.m. MT start) was 35 degrees, tying the record set when Cleveland hosted Florida in Game 4 of the 1997 World Series.
  • Game 3 of the ALCS in which the Yankees swept the Twins 4-1 was the final MLB game at the Metrodome before the Twins begin play at Target Field next season.
  • The ALCS Game 3 at the Metrodome also saw the highest percentage of capacity for all games played during the LDS (117.4%)
  • The highest attended game of the LDS was Game 1 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The crowd of 56,000 was a sellout.
  • The LDS may well be remembered not for the play on the field but blown calls. Umpires were at the center of controversy in three games (Game 1 of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Angels, Game 2 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Twins, and Game 3 of the NLDS between the Phillies and Rockies)

Select the image provided to see complete vital stats for each game of the 2009 League Division Series including weather, wind, umpires, start time, attendance by day, and other notes.


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