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MLB Attendance Tracker for Fri 6/17: MLB Hits it Out of the Park on First Day of Second Interleague PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown and David Simmons   
Saturday, 18 June 2011 14:27

On the first day of the second series of interleague games, Major League Baseball hit it out of the park, averaging 34,881 per game while seeing ballparks filled to 80% of capacity. The average per game across the league was a 6 percent increase from the same Friday of interleague last year when ballparks pulled in an average of 32,905.

On the sellout front, it shouldn't be surprising that the Cubs sold out Wrigley Field with the Yankees in town, but the biggest benefactor was the Athletics who had the cross Bay rivals in the World Champion San Francisco Giants at Overstock.com Stadium. It was just the third sellout of the season for the A's. The other two? Opening Day, and May 30th when they hosted the Yankees.

Still, how does it stack up to intraleague play? Friday in the majors ranked as the third best day by percentage of ballparks filled behind only Opening Day and last Saturday.

The real key will be how interleague fares when it moves off the weekend and into the weekdays. For that, look to reports each day throughout the coming week.

Here is a breakdown of the numbers, along with the promotions, many of which were fireworks displays.

Road

Home

Fri's Attendance

Capacity

% of Capacity

Notes

NYY

CHC

42,219

41,210

102%

Sellout. Daygame

MIL

BOS

37,833

37,373

101%

Sellout. Only first place matchup of weekend

SF

OAK

36,067

36,067

100%

Sellout (third sellout of season)

SD

MIN

39,205

39,504

99%

Sellout.

KC

STL

40,674

43,975

92%


PIT

CLE

38,549

43,545

89%

Fireworks

BAL

WSH

35,562

41,546

86%


DET

COL

41,594

50,449

82%


TX

ATL

38,810

49,743

78%

Fireworks

TOR

CIN

32,026

42,059

76%

Fireworks

PHI

SEA

34,345

47,447

72%

Pineda start, Ackley Debut, Ichiro Replica

LAA

NYM

29,513

42,000

70%


HOU

LAD

35,053

56,000

63%

Fireworks

CWS

AZ

26,053

48,652

54%

Fireworks

FL

TB

15,708

34,078

46%

Damon T-Shirt

Over 15 games

523,211

653,648

80%


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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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