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MLB attendance is up seven percent over last year

Jun 11, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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The season continues to be a good one at the box office for Major League Baseball, as the league just announced that attendance is up seven percent over last year through the same number of games.

That’s an average of 2000 extra fans a game over last season. Overall, 21 of 30 teams have seen increases. Thirteen teams have already broke one million in attendance.

Guesses as to the reasons: more teams in contention, including teams that have not been as good in the past finally giving their fans a reason to show up.  Also: way fewer rainouts this year, meaning way fewer sparsely-attended makeup games and better gameday walkup traffic due to the better weather.

  1. The Common Man - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Think how many more tickets they’d sell if they cut the season to 100 games!!! Somebody tell Rovell to fire up his Twitter.

  2. natsattack - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Baseball is dying!

    • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      And it’s been really painful to watch baseball dying for, oh, the past 90 years or so.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    The reason is simple: baseball is fantastic.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      If you’re thumbing this down, you need to get off of HBT. Seriously.

  4. hep3 - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Wasn’t last year’s decline in MLB attendance directly attributable to the fall out from the erstwhile reign of Frank McCourt and his Dodgers?

    • qcubed3 - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      I don’t believe there was an overall decline last year, but the McCourt situation was certainly a negative draw factor. I’m just curious as to what the attendance record would be if you took out the Dodgers and the Marlins attendance increases for this year.

      In any event, the rise in attendance is good news.

  5. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    And my delusional Yankees front office has now decided to end their relationship with stub hub next year after raising concerns earlier in the week that they were responsible for their lower attendance. Of course it has nothing to do with the fact the price of a good seat is $500. Or the best seats are $1500. Nope, they’ve decided that if stub hub wasn’t around, the people who buy season tickets but can’t go will just eat them. They think that if resellers are forbidden to resell tickets at below face value that single game purchasers will buy directly from the box office. This is the definition of short sighted. Alienating people who can’t afford to go. Of course, people who pay less than face value never buy souvenirs, food or drink.

  6. jwbiii - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Where’s bruno?

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