The 2013 regular season has ended, and with it Major League Baseball saw paid attendance of 74,026,895, or an average of 30,514 over 2,426 games. The season will end down 1.06 percent from 2012 when the league saw total of 74,859,268. “Paid attendance” represents the number of tickets sold, not the total number of actual people that came to a given game.
The season ends as the sixth-highest all-time and the league was quick to point out that all of the top 10 seasons in attendance have been over the last decade. The Los Angeles Dodgers led the majors with 3,743,527, the first time they led the league since 2009. At the other end of the spectrum, despite being consistently competitive on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays ended the season with a total of just 1,510,300 or an average of 18,646 per game. They were the only club to see average attendance below 19,000 per game.
This was the first year of the Astros moving into the AL, and with it, interleague play was sprinkled from the start to end of the season. In years past, the league liked to tout how popular interleague was compared to intraleague, but that was misleading as the games were played in two small pockets in the summer, thus skewing the results. Over 295 games, interleague drew an average of 31,102 per game compared to 30,406, a difference of 696 per game.
Eight Clubs surpassed the three-million mark (Dodgers, Cardinals, Giants, Yankees, Rangers, Tigers, Angels, and Phillies) , while 15 eclipsed the 2.5-million mark (up from 13 in 2012). The Dodgers, who saw the second-highest increase in paid attendance behind only the Blue Jays saw 34 of the 36 highest-attended games. With Dodgers Stadium’s cavernous seating capacity, only the Braves on Opening Day against the Phillies (51,456), and against the Cardinals on Friday July 26 (50,124) saw games over the 50,000 mark.
The league was hit with exceptionally poor weather this year, and while not the worst ever, it did impact attendance. The league would have seen attendance nearly flat if the Weather Gods would have treated the season better, and one club would not have seen a historic drop.
Posted: October 05, 2013 at 08:21 AM | 28 comment(s)
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