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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 07:44

MLBMajor League Baseball is on pace to have attendance down slightly from last season’s total of 73,418,529, the fifth highest attended season in MLB history, but down from record numbers the year prior. Currently, attendance is down an average of just under 1 percent from last year at this time (-0.85 percent). Clubs are averaging 30,156 compared to 30,415 last season.

Leading the way in declines are the Mets, who are averaging 6,339 less per game than in their first season in CitiField. They are followed by the Indians, Blue Jays, and Brewers.

In terms of increases, the opening of the Twins’ new Target Field keeps MLB from trending downward further. The Twins are drawing an average of 11,091 per game than last season. They are followed by the Rangers (up an average of 3,006), Reds, Giants, and Padres.

Below is a listing of each club as of the morning of Sept. 9

Club 2009
#Gms
2009 2009
Avg
2010
#Gms
2010 2010
Avg
Diff
Total
Diff
Avg
Mets 64 2,505,785 39,153 64 2,100,112 32,814 -405,673 -6,339
Indians 68 1,483,789 21,820 68 1,174,888 17,278 -308,901 -4,543
Blue Jays 64 1,545,073 24,142 64 1,270,476 19,851 -274,597 -4,291
Brewers 70 2,656,120 37,945 70 2,425,858 34,655 -230,262 -3,289
Orioles 71 1,710,189 24,087 71 1,491,595 21,008 -218,594 -3,079
Royals 68 1,546,703 22,746 68 1,359,118 19,987 -187,585 -2,759
Astros 68 2,095,234 30,812 68 1,913,246 28,136 -181,988 -2,676
Cubs 74 2,953,812 39,916 74 2,807,294 37,936 -146,518 -1,980
Rays 69 1,663,913 24,115 69 1,564,866 22,679 -99,047 -1,435
D-backs 74 1,923,790 25,997 74 1,821,892 24,620 -101,898 -1,377
Dodgers 72 3,294,461 45,756 72 3,218,704 44,704 -75,757 -1,052
Tigers 70 2,224,031 31,772 70 2,152,892 30,756 -71,139 -1,016
White Sox 65 1,828,375 28,129 65 1,777,911 27,352 -50,464 -776
Mariners 71 1,935,085 27,255 71 1,887,303 26,582 -47,782 -673
Red Sox 71 2,686,384 37,836 71 2,670,650 37,615 -15,734 -222
Angels 68 2,731,082 40,163 68 2,717,615 39,965 -13,467 -198
Athletics 70 1,244,203 17,774 70 1,238,510 17,693 -5,693 -81
Cardinals 67 2,737,544 40,859 67 2,754,603 41,113 17,059 255
Yankees 73 3,345,533 45,829 73 3,384,752 46,366 39,219 537
Philles 74 3,284,866 44,390 74 3,325,890 44,944 41,024 554
Pirates 71 1,373,932 19,351 71 1,419,133 19,988 45,201 637
Marlins 68 1,183,936 17,411 68 1,232,192 18,120 48,256 710
Braves 68 1,996,672 29,363 68 2,048,686 30,128 52,014 765
Nationals 67 1,517,250 22,646 67 1,589,000 23,716 71,750 1,071
Padres 69 1,672,668 24,242 69 1,768,907 25,636 96,239 1,395
Giants 69 2,453,225 35,554 69 2,562,535 37,138 109,310 1,584
Reds 68 1,559,120 22,928 68 1,744,810 25,659 185,690 2,731
Rockies 67 2,163,870 32,297 67 2,365,252 35,302 201,382 3,006
Rangers 69 1,848,505 26,790 69 2,062,167 29,886 213,662 3,097
Twins 70 2,007,032 28,672 70 2,783,388 39,763 776,356 11,091
Total 2077 63,172,182 30,415 2077 62,634,245 30,156 -537,937 -259

Source: Baseball-Reference.com


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