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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:48

Major League Baseball drew 1,646,000 fans for this weekend’s 45 games, the largest attendance weekend for 45 games since the final weekend of the 2008 season when 1,683,763 fans attended games from September 26th-28th. Overall, it was the largest attended weekend since July 21-24, 2009 when 1,684,095 fans attended 46 games.

In addition, yesterday’s games drew 572,446 for 15 games, the largest attendance day since 577,583 fans attended games on August 14, 2010. There were only two other dates in 2010 that drew more than yesterday’s games: July 17th (582,906 for 16 games) and July 3rd (573,215).

Compared to the same three days of second interleague play last season, 2010 drew 1,543,334 over 45 games.

Attendance highlights over the three days among the Clubs included:

  • The Chicago Cubs welcomed 126,283 fans to Wrigley Field during their three-game set against the New York Yankees. The weekend’s attendance broke the previous Wrigley Field three-game series record of 124,810 vs. Milwaukee on June 29-July 1, 2007. Also, Saturday’s 42,236 was the largest Wrigley attendance since the 1978 home opener.
  • The Cleveland Indians drew 30,023 fans to Progressive Field on Sunday and totaled 100,437 for their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It marked the first time Cleveland has drawn over 100,000 for a three-game series since September 19-21, 2008 vs. Detroit.
  • The Boston Red Sox sold out all three games this past weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers and drew 38,175 fans on Saturday, their largest paid attendance of the season. They have now sold out 666 straight games at Fenway Park.
  • The Colorado Rockies sold out both Saturday and Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, marking the second and third sellouts of 2011 following Opening Day.
  • The Seattle Mariners drew 115,636 fans, including a sellout of 45,462 fans for Sunday’s Father’s Day series finale. It was the largest three-game series since May 15-17, 2009 against Boston (118,380).
  • The Oakland Athletics sold out each of their three games against the San Francisco Giants, marking the first time they have sold out each game of a three-game series since May 18-20, 2007 against the Giants.

“Fans coming out in these remarkable numbers demonstrate the popularity of Interleague Play, especially given that many of our intra-city rivalries did not occur this weekend,” said Commissioner Selig. “I remain optimistic that our attendance numbers will continue to climb with summer beginning tomorrow and five of the six Divisions separated by 1.5 games or less.”

While the league saw incredible numbers (see FridaySaturdaySunday), not every series could be deemed “a winner”. The Rays hosting the Marlins in the “Battle of Florida” drew just 62,964 over 3 games or an average of 20,988.

To date, overall league attendance is down less than 1 percent from last season (-0.83%) averaging 28,838 per game compared to 29,077 at the same point last season.


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