Press Release Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball announced today that the 30 Clubs eclipsed the attendance of the 2009 and 2010 seasons by drawing 73,425,568 fans in the 2011 regular season, marking the fifth highest attendance in the sportís history and the most since the 2008 season (78,588,004).
This seasonís total attendance was 0.5 percent greater than last yearís total of 73,054,407, which included six more games played (2,424) than this season (2,418). Overall, the last eight years make up the eight best-attended seasons in the history of Major League Baseball, including four record-breaking years. Eighteen of the Major League Clubs finished the 2011 season with an increase over their 2010 attendance. Nine Clubs drew more than three million fans this season, while 13 Clubs topped the 2.5 million mark.
Major League Baseball earned the increase despite unusually inclement weather throughout much of the regular season. The last time a regular season had more rainouts than this yearís 51 was 1997, which had 54.
For the first time ever, the Philadelphia Phillies led all of Major League Baseball in overall and average attendance with franchise records of 3,680,718 total fans and a per-game average of 45,441 at Citizens Bank Park, which has now hosted 204 consecutive regular season sellouts. The New York Yankees paced the American League with 3,653,680 fans, averaging 45,107 fans per game at Yankee Stadium. Many Clubs saw milestones in their markets this season. In addition to the Phillies, three other Clubs Ė the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers Ė set franchise records. The Boston Red Sox sold out each of their 81 home games, extending their Major League-record streak of consecutive sellouts at Fenway Park to 712. The Club that saw the largest year-to-year increase was the Cleveland Indians, who drew nearly 450,000 more fans than 2010. The Colorado Rockies and the Pittsburgh Pirates drew their largest season totals since 2001.
The excitement of both the American League and National League Wild Card races and the competition for home-field advantage, which went down to the final day of the season in both Leagues, helped make the seasonís last weekend the second-best attended of 2011, with 1,629,105 fans attending from Friday through Sunday. The weekend was highlighted by 626,838 fans attending the 17 games on Saturday, the seventh highest single-day attendance total in MLB history and the best one-day total since May 17, 2008. Last Saturdayís contests drew an average crowd of 36,873 per game. Yesterday, the final day of the regular season brought eight games that impacted the Postseason.