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MLB Attendance Tracker for Mon. 5/23: Josh Hamilton MVP Figurine, Detroit Tigers Salsa Bowl Highlight Promos PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 15:21
Hamilton Figureine
Welcome back, Hammy. This promo tops
Monday's list

It’s amazing what happens when you put the word “free” on most anything. Something of little value in your garage can be put on the street with a “free” sign on it, and more often than not, it’s gobbled up in seconds.

Major League promotions (for the most part), aren’t “garbage”, they’re keepsakes that you can look back on in a few months or many years from now and remember your time at the ballpark.

If promotions are your thing, then Monday’s are probably the time to go.

Case in point, Monday’s slate of 10 games had 6 of them with promos. In seriousness, you can’t call the memorial activities that the Twins did for the late Harmon Killebrew a “promotion”, but it surely brought more people to what has historically been baseball’s hardest day of the week to draw.

BowlIn what can truly be called “promotion” you have dollar hot dogs at two ballparks (Phillies, Twins). But, the winner of the day surely goes to the Josh Hamilton MVP Figurine followed by something a bit different… The Detroit Tigers Salsa Bowl that was given to the first 10,000 fans.

How did that tip the attendance scales? Well…

There was (another) sellout for the Phillies, and the Twins coming close to one, but overall, ballparks were filled to 67 percent of capacity for the first set of intraleague games after the first series of interleague. That’s still better than last Monday which saw paid attendance at 53 percent above capacity.

In other words, as the weather warms, so does attendance. “We’re almost exactly where we were at last year,” said a league source.

Here’s the breakdown, along with all the promotions that took place, on Monday:

Visitor

Home

Mon's
Attendance

Capacity

Sell-Thru

Notes

CIN

PHI

45,841

43,647

105%

Sellout. Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog Night

SEA

MIN

37,498

39,504

95%

Twins honor late legend Harmon Killebrew with a special pregame ceremony. Add #3 flag on the Twins Territory flag. #3 on the infield dirt. Schweigert Dollar-A-Dog Day

TOR

NYY

41,946

50,287

83%

$5 Games Ticket Special. Family Game Ticket Special

OAK

LAA

36,215

45,281

80%


CHW

TEX

30,861

49,170

63%

Josh Hamilton MVP Figurine

LAD

HOU

22,579

40,950

55%

Price Matters Days

WSH

MIL

22,906

41,900

55%


TB

DET

21,550

41,255

52%

Detroit Tigers Salsa Bowl to first 10,000 fans

BOS

CLE

19,225

43,545

44%


STL

SD

16,513

42,500

39%


Total over 10 Games

295,134

438,039

67%


Sell-Thru = Percentage of capacity


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David SimmonsDavid Simmons is a graduate of the University of Central Florida who worked in the front office of the Los Angeles Dodgers over 4 seasons and has a decade of ticketing experience.. He serves as CFO for Players For The Planet and currently resides in Baltimore. You can follow David on Twitter @davidesimmons

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