Final 2013 Major League Attendances In The MLB

The "Trop" was frequented less in 2013 than any other MLB stadium and it is a shame.  The team has made 4 playoff spots in the last 6 years, has the 2nd best record in the game since the start of the 2008 campaign (NYY are 1st) and are sniffing the AL East crown out every year. Tropicana Field has been the only MLB Park for the Rays.  Unfortunately the club has a lease that runs through the year 2027.  There have been several talks of a downtown Tampa Stadium right off of Highway 4. All have plans have been derailed.  With limited revenues generated playing out of Tropicana Field, it will be tough to keep doing this year after year, however the management had the good foresight to see the MLB game switching back to more pitching and defense.  With some of the best players on the club locked up under team control,

The “Trop” was frequented less in 2013 than any other MLB stadium and it is a shame. The team has made 4 playoff spots in the last 6 years, has the 2nd best record in the game since the start of the 2008 campaign (NYY are 1st) and are sniffing the AL East crown out every year. Tropicana Field has been the only MLB Park for the Rays. Unfortunately the club has a lease that runs through the year 2027. There have been several talks of a downtown Tampa Stadium right off of Highway 4. All have plans have been derailed. With limited revenues generated playing out of Tropicana Field, it will be tough to keep doing this year after year, however the management had the good foresight to see the MLB game switching back to more pitching and defense. With some of the best players on the club locked up under team control, the management has been able to overcome all of these obstacles to field a competitive club.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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It is funny how all of the top Free Agents have been signing with the American League teams in recent years.

Out of the 1.5 Billion Dollars in contracts offered this winter to guys, more than 1.1 Billion of those bucks have been given to guys like the M’s Robinson Cano (10 YRs.$240 MIL), Jacoby Ellsbury (7 YRs/$153 MIL), Shin-Soo Choo (7 YRs/$130 MIL) and potentially 6 YRs/$100 MIL for Brian McCann (5 YRs/85 MIL is guaranteed.).

For these reasons, you would think the AL is dominating the attendance every year.

As you will read here, they are not.

New Marlins BallPark 2012

Dodger Stadium has the capacity to outdraw every other ballpark in the Majors, with hovering at over 56,000 per game if full.  The Dodgers spent over $236 MIL on team payroll, had a 1st place club - and it showed up at the gate, leading the Majors in attendance for last season -with over 3.7 MIllion fans

Dodger Stadium has the capacity to outdraw every other ballpark in the Majors, with hovering at over 56,000 per game if full. The Dodgers spent over $236 MIL on team payroll, had a 1st place club – and it showed up at the gate, leading the Majors in attendance for last season – with  over 3.7 MIllion fans.  With ownership yielding deep pockets, and a rabid fanbase coming out in droves, I don’t see who will unseed them in the near future.  Look for them to top the 4 MIL mark next year.

The National League may not have the top players in the game on offense, yet they feature some of the best attendances in the game of MLB.  They possess the top 3 spots in overall ballpark crows – with the Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants fans.

Despite missing the playoffs for the 1st time since 2008, and only the 2nd time since the 1994 strike, the New York Yankees still led the AL in attendance.

The NL held 14 of the top 22 spots overall.

The SkyDome was opened in May of 1989.  For the championship ERA, the club drew 4 Million fans each per year.  In recent years, it was tough for the club to draw 2 Million fans.  In 2013, with the promise of a new club mantra, based on Free Agent signings, the team held the best year to year attendance boost in 2013.  I doubt they will be able to do this again in 2014.

The SkyDome was opened in May of 1989. For the championship ERA, the club drew 4 Million fans each per year. In recent years, it was tough for the club to draw 2 Million fans. In 2013, with the promise of a new club mantra, based on Free Agent signings, the team held the best year to year attendance boost in 2013. I doubt they will be able to do this again in 2014.

The Toronto Blue Jays fans came through the turnstiles more on improvement from 2012 to 2013 than any other club in the Majors, boosting up 436, 899 fans for the whole year – or 5394 people per game.

The Los Angeles Dodgers surged up the most in the NL at 419, 821 fans or 5176 Dodger Blue Faithful. 

it is important to note that both franchises saw significant spikes in team salaries though as well.  The Dodgers were 2nd in overall team salaries, while the Jays spent more dough than any other year for one campaign in their history.

15 out of the 30 clubs were up in attendance, although attendance suffered a dip 808,972 fans in 2013, (a mere 333 people per game. Most of that can be attributed to the Miami Marlins plummeting 633, 122 fans from 2012 – 2013.

Minnesota saw the biggest loss at the turnstiles in 2013, losing 298, 710 fans from the previous season, as it was their 3rd straight year of seeing about that much walk away from the ballyard since Target Field opened in 2010.

Both Florida teams hold the distinction of having the worst attended home parks. 

The National League West Division saw the most attendance overall at 14.2 MIL for the 5 clubs (19.2 % of MLB attendance and 2.84 MIL avg per club.)

The American League Central was the worst attended Division at 10.65 MIL fans (14.4% share of MLB Attendance and just 2.13 MIL average per team.)

The NL outdrew the AL by 4.84 Million fans, and held down 53.3 % of the attendance.

74, 026, 885 people witnessed a game in MLB parks in 2013.  The sport is growing to over an 8 Billion Dollar Revenue generator, with roughly 3.35 Billion paid out in player salaries – representing about a 40% stake of the profits.

For those keeping score at home, that is a fair value in contrast to other 4 major sports, where the players all make less of a percentage of the pie.

majors 81 gm
# Tm attendance average
1 LAD 3,743,527 1st NL 1st NLW 46216.38
2 STL 3,369,769 2nd NL 1st NLC 41602.09
3 SFG 3,369,106 3rd NL 2nd NLW 41087.09
4 NYY 3,279,589 1st AL 1sT ALE 40488.75
5 TEX 3,178,273 2nd AL 1sT ALW 38759.43
6 DET 3,083,397 3rd AL 1st ALC 38066.63
7 LAA 3,019,505 4th AL 2nd ALW 37277.84
8 PHI 3,012,403 4th NL 1st NLE 37190.16
9 BOS 2,833,333 5th AL 2nd ALE 34979.42
10 COL 2,793,828 5th NL 3rd NLW 34491.7
11 WSN 2,652,422 6th NL 2nd NLE 32745.95
12 CHC 2,642,682 7th NL 2nd NLC 32625.7
13 ATL 2,548,679 8th NL 3rd NLE 31465.17
14 TOR 2,536,562 6th AL 3rd ALE 31315.58
15 MIL 2,531,105 9th NL 3rd NLC 31248.21
16 CIN 2,492,059 10th NL 4th NLC 30766.16
17 MIN 2,477,644 7th AL 2nd ALC 30588.2
18 BAL 2,357,551 8th AL 4th ALE 29105.57
19 PIT 2,256,862 11th NL 5th NLC 27862.49
20 SDP 2,166,691 12th NL 4th NLW 26749.27
21 NYM 2,135,657 13th NL 4th NLE 26366.14
22 ARI 2,134,795 14th NL 5th NLW 26355.49
23 OAK 1,809,302 9th AL 3rd ALW 22337.06
24 CHW 1,768,413 10th AL 3rd ALC 21832.26
25 SEA 1,761,546 11th AL 4th ALW 21747.48
26 KCR 1,750,754 12th AL 4th ALC 21614.25
27 HOU 1,651,883 13th AL 5th ALW 20393.62
28 MIA 1,586,322 15th NL 5th NLE 19584.22
29 CLE 1,572,926 14th AL 5th ALC 19418.84
30 TB 1,510,300 15th AL 5th ALE 18645.68
 2, 219, 444 people came to  81 home dates in 2012.  This past year, the team saw that clip dip to 1.56 MIL fans.  It was to be expected with the firesale of the team brought in for the 2012 inagural season.  The franchise only lost 7 more games than in 2012, and for about 35% of the total team payroll. The proof on the new ballpark will happen when the team become competitive again. Can South Florida support this team?

2, 219, 444 people came to 81 home dates in 2012. This past year, the team saw that clip dip to 1.56 MIL fans. It was to be expected with the firesale of the team brought in for the 2012 inaugural season. The franchise only lost 7 more games than in 2012, and for about 35% of the total team payroll. The proof on the new ballpark will happen when the team become competitive again. Can South Florida support this team?

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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