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MLB attendance is up 6.7% so far this year

May 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

old turnstile

Baseball is Dead Alert!  From MLB’s press office:

Major League Baseball recorded the highest-attended pre-Memorial Day weekend in history by drawing 1,652,935 fans for this weekend’s 45 games, it was announced today.  The total this weekend, which featured the first 42 Interleague games of the season, eclipsed the previous mark of 1,640,976 (May 19th-21st, 2006) …

… Overall, Major League Baseball has drawn 18,637,924 fans this season through 617 dates (30,207 per game), representing a 6.7 percent increase over the same point in the 2011 season.

Attendance up. TV ratings up.  I tell ya, with all of this good news, I would expect only a dozen or two “baseball is dying” articles written by non-baseball writers this fall as opposed to the usual three-score or so.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - May 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Sure, but of course now everyone’s going to say the giant attendance over the weekend was because it was interleague play, failing to acknowledge that the weather was gorgeous across much of the nation.

    • Old Gator - May 21, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      More likely it’s because fans don’t want to miss all the mounting, horrible injuries. Maybe MLB finally learned a marketing ploy or two from NASCAR and Formula 1.

  2. Marty - May 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Well, this it’s not exactly an apples to apples comparison. But still, this is huge considering Boston and Philly really have nothing to watch this year.

  3. mississippiguy - May 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Nice! Love the sarcasm.

  4. jimmymarlinsfan - May 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    How much is marlins attendance up? That’s what everyone really wants to know. Even Cleveland fans

    • Old Gator - May 21, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      It’s up – midweek attendance is averaging in the 21-22,000 range. That’s up from last year’s 10,000-12,000 on a good midweek night. I’ve been to a bunch of games and they’ve all been much better attended than any I went to last season, that’s for damned sure – and it ain’t just the smaller seating area, it’s the actual bodies in the seats. If you’re feeling curious tonight, I’m going out to hear some jazz but you might want to check the Feesh’s web site to see if there’s a total for the season or an average per game, and then Google up last year’s numbers to see how they compare.

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