Sunday, the final day of the first series of interleague games in Major League Baseball, saw ballparks filled to 77 percent capacity, based on paid attendance, up from 75 percent the weekend prior.
Compared to the first set of interleague games that fell on Sunday last season, 2011 had an average of 33,074, up slightly from last year (0.46%) 32,921.
In another positive sign for the league average attendance across the first series of interleague games that began on Friday averaged 33,511, up 1 percent from last season’s 33,172 for the same set of games.
Look for “Inside the Numbers: 2011 First Interleague Attendance” shortly on The Biz of Baseball
Four games saw attendance over 100%, a sign that considerable standing-room only tickets were sold. Leading the pack (again) was the Philadelphia Phillies at 105 percent of capacity, followed by the Red Sox (102%), Brewers (intraleague game against Rockies at 102%), and Giants (101%).
But, in terms of sellouts, which account for comps, rainout exchanges, etc. you can throw in the Yankees as a sellout game, as well, even as attendance was 404 below seating capacity.
On the downside, the Blue Jays, hosting the last place Astros, couldn’t get attendance moving. Last among all games over the weekend, the best that the club could muster was 43 percent of capacity on Sat, with Sunday marking 39 percent, and Friday set at 31 percent of Rogers Centre’s capacity.
All the “natural rivalry” games posted better attendance on Sunday than the year prior. With the Indians riding the wave of their winning ways. Here’s the breakdown
|Reds and Indians
||Both at Cleveland
|Mets and Yankees
||At NYY this year
|Orioles and Nationals
||At Camden this year
|Giants and A's
||At SFO this year
|Padres and Mariners
||At SD this year
In terms of clubs that hosted games in the first series of interleague last season (albeit with different opponents in 2010 than 2011), all clubs, minus the White Sox, drew more on Sunday than the same Sunday last season:
||vs Red Sox in 2010
||vs Braves in 2010
||vs Marlins in 2010
||vs Blue Jays in 2010
||vs Rockies in 2010
Here’s the complete breakdown of attendance for Sunday:
||Sellout. McGehee Bobblehead
||Sellout. 1:05 start
||Little League Day
||Johnson start, Stanton T-Shirt
|Over 15 games
Sell-Thru = Percentage of capacity
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