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UPDATE: 2010 MLB Home Openers Draw 1.3 Million Fans, Down Less Than 1% From 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 01:04

UPDATE: The initial report was missing the Phillies' home opener. With the addition of the attendance figure, 2010 will see a slight decrease in opener attendance for 2010 as opposed to a decline of 3.4% as initially reported. We apologize for the inconvenience.

UPDATE #2 - The associated table now has seating capacity of each ballpark along with how much of capacity each opener filled it.


With the Dodgers and Yankees being the final clubs to host opening games for the 2010 season on Tuesday, the 2010 season saw a total of 1,314,428 in total paid attendance for the 30 openers, down 0.1 percent from 1,313,137 for 2009 when the Yankees and Mets each opened new ballparks. Even though there was a slight decline, ballparks were filled to an average of 101 percent of capacity.

The highest attended opener goes to the Dodgers who drew 56,000 against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. They were followed by the Braves (53,081, Cubs the opponent, Jason Heyward debut), Rangers (50,299, Blue Jays the opponent), Rockies (49,509, Padres the opponent), and Yankees (49,293, Angels the opponent).

The lowest attended season opener goes to the Athletics who saw 30,686 on Monday the 5th against the Mariner, followed by the Rays (36,973, opponent the Orioles.) The third lowest draw had little to do with disinterest and everything to do with ballpark seating capacity. The Sunday night season opener between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park drew 37,440. The Target Field opener for the Twins against the Red Sox was the fourth lowest attended opener at 38,145, although the game was deemed a sellout due to comps, VIPs, and media. By comparison, in the final opener at the Metrodome in 2009, the Twins drew 48,514 against the Mariners. If the Metrodome attendance figure were to be applied to 2010, asĀ  opposed to the lower draw due to seating capacity at the new Target Field, league openers for 2010 would have seen an 0.8 percent increase as opposed to 0.1 percent decline. Rounding out the Top 5 lowest attended openers was the White Sox at 38,935 on Monday 4/5 against the Indians.

The Biz of Baseball will be reporting on attendance difference between each of the 30 openers and the second game of the season for each club in the league on Thursday.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE A BREAKDOWN OF ATTENDANCE FOR EACH OF THE 30 OPENERS FOR THE 2010 SEASON IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

2010 MLB Attendance (Home Openers)

Opener Date Team Attendance Opponent Capacity % of Cap
Sun. 4/4 Red Sox 37,440 Yankees 37,373 100%
Mon. 4/5 Nationals 41,290 Phillies 43,647 95%
Mon. 4/5 Reds 42,493 Cardinals 42,059 101%
Mon. 4/5 Mets 41,245 Marlins 42,000 98%
Mon. 4/5 Pirates 39,024 Dodgers 38,362 102%
Mon. 4/5 White Sox 38,935 Indians 40,615 96%
Mon. 4/5 Rangers 50,299 Blue Jays 49,170 102%
Mon. 4/5 Brewers 45,808 Rockies 41,900 109%
Mon. 4/5 Royals 40,052 Tigers 38,177 105%
Mon. 4/5 Braves 53,081 Cubs 49,743 107%
Mon. 4/5 D-Backs 49,192 Padres 48,652 101%
Mon. 4/5 Astros 43,836 Giants 40,950 107%
Mon. 4/5 Angels 43,504 Twins 45,281 96%
Mon. 4/5 A's 30,686 Mariners 35,067 88%
Tues. 4/6 Rays 36,973 Orioles 36,973 100%
Fri. 4/9 Tigers 45,010 Indians 41,255 109%
Fri. 4/9 Orioles 48,891 Blue Jays 48,290 101%
Fri. 4/9 Rockies 49,509 Padres 50,449 98%
Fri. 4/9 Giants 42,940 Braves 41,915 102%
Fri. 4/9 Marlins 40,666 Dodgers 36,331 112%
Sun. 4/11 Cubs 41,306 Brewers 41,210 100%
Sun. 4/11 Indians 42,061 Rangers 43,545 97%
Sun. 4/11 Twins 38,145 Red Sox 39,504 97%
Sun. 4/11 Cardinals 46,918 Astros 43,975 107%
Sun. 4/11 Padres 42,843 Braves 42,500 101%
Sun. 4/11 Mariners 45,876 A's 47,447 97%
Sun. 4/11 Blue Jays 46,321 White Sox 49,539 94%
Mon. 4/12 Phillies 44,791 Nationals 43,647 103%
Mon. 4/12 Yankees 49,293 Angels 52,325 94%
Mon. 4/12 Dodgers 56,000 D-Backs 56,000 100%
TOTAL 1,314,428 101%


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