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Baseball has best attendance since 2008; fifth best season ever

Sep 29, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

old turnstile

Remember how the first half of the season was dominated by stories about how attendance was down? Yeah, funny you mention that, because the final totals are all in and attendance ended up being up over last year. And the year before that.

In fact, it was the fifth best season ever: 73,425,568 tickets sold. No word on butts in seats. Baseball doesn’t actually measure that. The total was 0.5 percent greater than last year’s mark even though there were six more games played last season than this season.

The Phillies led all of baseball in total fans and average attendance, and set a franchise record. The Brewers, Giants and the Texas Rangers all set franchise records as well. The Indians saw the biggest increase over last year, with 450,000 more people heading to Progressive Field than in 2010.

Not surprisingly, the press release I got on this didn’t mention the teams [cough] Dodgers [cough] who went down in attendance. But given how far down they and some others dropped, it’s rather surprising that the overall totals were up this year.

You like baseball! You really like baseball!

  1. El Bravo - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Actually, I just have a thing for turnstiles.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      Know any good blogs about turnstiles?

    • nolanwiffle - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:19 AM

      Ancient Chinese proverb: Man going through airport turnstile sideways, likely going to Bangkok.

      • foreverchipper10 - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:44 AM


  2. phillyfan4ever - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Poor Dodgers, no sympothay, they are actually poor

  3. iranuke - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    I’d like to point out that of course we like baseball, we wouldn’t be reading this blog if we didn’t.

    • Detroit Michael - Sep 30, 2011 at 7:27 AM

      You may be missing an allusion:

  4. bilaterallegweakness - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Obviously I’m missing something, but how were there 6 more games last year?

    • ditto65 - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      Unnecessary make-ups (those rain outs that ended up being meaningless in the standings) were not played.

  5. - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    But, but, but I thought baseball was a dying sport? #rolleyes

    • natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      Howard Cosell declared baseball dead in the mid-60s. Thankfully, to paraphrase MarkTwain, rumors of baseball’s death are greatly exaggerated.

  6. paperlions - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    That damned Bud Selig is ruining everything…I can’t understand why the owners keep him around.

  7. bigleagues - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Imagine what those numbers could be like if they could just get a couple Rays and Orioles fans to attend games?

    • natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      And Fish fans and A’s fans.

      • ditto65 - Sep 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM

        I thought the fish only had one fan.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 9:51 PM

        The Fish have Old Gator. Do they need anyone else?

    • raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2011 at 11:21 PM

      Last year, the Rays outdrew 8 teams. This year only one. Only Dodgers dropped more from last year’s attandance. This, despite a good team and good ownership. Need I describe just how bad the economy in Florida is right now?

  8. rcali - Sep 29, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    It would be nice if baseball stopped hiding behind ticket sales to measure attendance. It’s kind of pathetic.

  9. raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Baseball’s dying! (sarcasm)

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