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MLB Attendance Tracker for Mon 5/30: Memorial Day Blues as Ballparks Just 64% Full PDF Print E-mail
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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown and David Simmons   
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 15:08

MLBApparently, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” wasn’t in a lot of fans minds on Memorial Day.

A total of 415,459 in paid attendance was what the league mustered for a slate of 15 games on Monday, or an average of 27,697 (64 percent of ballpark capacity). Compare that to last Monday, the first set of games after interleague when 295,134 went through the gate for 10 games, or an average of 29,513 (67 percent of capacity).

The good news is that St. Louis, a bellwether for the league in terms of attendance, saw their second sellout of the season. The 40,849 was behind only Opening Day at Busch Stadium for the Cardinals.

But, it wasn’t just the Cardinals that saw a much needed sellout. The Athletics, benefitting from hosting the Yankees, posted their second sellout of the season at 35,067, or capacity of the current Overstock.com seating configuration for the A’s (tarped off sections in the upper deck).

The Blue Jays, all of 2 games out of 1st place in the AL East, continue to be a drag on league-wide attendance. The club drew just 12,902, or 26 percent of Rogers Centre’s 49,539 capacity.

Other notes:

  • The Dodgers, who have struggled all season long at the gate, drew 36,962 with 4,200 walk-up, the mostgames the club has seen all season.
  • The Nats drew 34,789, or 80 percent of capacity to Nationals Park while hosting the Phillies. How does that rank? While the Nats still have yet to post a sellout, it was the second highest attended game of the season behind only Opening Day for the club.
  • Over 798 games thus far this season, the league has pulled in 22,743,671 in paid attendance, or an average of 28,501. Compared to last season at this time, the league had pulled in 21,743,629 over 757 games, or an average of 28,753 or nearly even from last season, down less than one percent (-0.77 percent).

Here’s the breakdown for Mon. (Memorial Day):

Road

Home

Mon's
Attendance

Capacity

Sell-Thru

Notes

CWS

BOS

37,463

37,373

100%

Sellout

NYY

OAK

35,067

35,067

100%

Sellout. Day game, Yankees continue to be best road draw

SFG

STL

40,849

43,975

93%

Sellout. Second of season behind Opening Day. Day game, 92 degrees.

PHI

WSH

34,789

43,647

80%

Day game, 92 degrees

HOU

CHC

30,450

41,210

74%

Day game, 88 degrees

MIN

DET

30,198

41,255

73%

Military Appreciation, Day game

COL

LAD

36,962

56,000

66%


LAA

KC

24,406

38,177

64%

Day game

PIT

NYM

24,490

42,000

58%


SD

ATL

25,832

49,743

52%

Day game, 85 degrees

MIL

CIN

21,564

42,059

51%


FL

AZ

23,465

48,652

48%


BAL

SEA

22,819

47,447

48%

Half Price Family for day game

TX

TB

14,203

36,973

38%


CLE

TOR

12,902

49,539

26%


Over 15 games

415,459

653,117

64%


Sell-Thru = Percentage of capacity


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