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MLB sees attendance bump this past weekend

Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 4:46 pm
Wrigley Field

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Good news for Major League Baseball, which had seen low-attendance numbers all season: MLB drew 1,646,600 fans this past weekend, the highest total since July 21-24, 2009.

Sunday's games drew 572,446, the largest single-day attendance since Aug. 14, 2010. Only two other days last season had higher attendance.

Also notable for those numbers is that the Yankees were on the road, so the 50,287-seat stadium wasn't even part of the numbers.

As total attendance numbers have been down for much of the season, it should be noted summer usually draws more fans and in some places, school is only starting to be let out.

Among the other attendance-based numbers sent out in MLB's release were that Wrigley Field set an all-time attendance record for the Cubs' series with the Yankees and Cleveland drew more than 100,000 fans for the first time since 2008. The Red Sox recorded their 666th consecutive sellout, while the Rockies had their second and third sellouts of the season this weekend. The Mariners had their largest three-game series attendance since 2009, and the A's had their first three-game sellout since 2007.

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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:11 am

MLB sees attendance bump this past weekend

Interleague games help attendance too...add a lot of interest i think mainly for 3 reasons

1/local games (NY, SF,CHI, KC/STL and so on)..especially helping franchise as Oak, Kc, Pitt, Cle,Was etc...they need something more to attract fans than regular, daily(and sometime little boring..)series
2/opportunity to see in action some players rarely/never come play in town..
3/moving around teams with strong fan support base could help struggling attendance teams to breath for at least 3 days..Yankees, Cubs,Phillies, Mets, Red Sox,Dodgers etc..
and please...
stop talk about Thome must sit for one week because they play in NL parks!!!...Dunn..can play some defense..Ortiz...don't know but we can not change rules just to let Ortiz play...

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 7:24 pm

MLB sees attendance bump this past weekend

The Internet in general and sports message boards in particular are getting lamer . . . and so people are rediscovering the real world.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:37 pm

MLB sees attendance bump this past weekend

Father's Day + good weather = perfectly reasonable explanation. 

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