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MiLB draws more than 41.2 million
Average size of Minor League crowd increases in 2011
09/14/2011 3:00 PM ET
No one gets left out of the fun at the Minor League ballpark.
No one gets left out of the fun at the Minor League ballpark. (Brent Asay/MiLB.com)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ today announced that its 15 leagues and 174 clubs drew 41,252,053 fans in 10,238 openings this regular season. The average crowd of 4,029 represents a 0.9 percent increase over last year. Sixteen clubs and the Florida State League set regular season attendance records.

"Minor League Baseball faced many challenges in 2011," Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner said.

"Inclement weather plagued our leagues throughout the season. The increased number of lost dates compromised our total attendance, but the key indicator of average attendance remained strong with an increase over a year ago.

"Our teams remain committed to our communities across this country, and thank all fans of Minor League Baseball for their continued support and enthusiasm." The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs led all clubs in total attendance (628,925) and average crowd (9,249).

Other classification leaders include the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders (509,331/7,276), Class A Dayton Dragons (571,886/8,288) and the Brooklyn Cyclones (245,087/7,002) among Short-Season/Rookie clubs.

This season's total attendance is only 176,090 fans ,or four-tenths of one percent (0.4 percent), less than 2010. when 176 clubs attracted 41,428,143 fans in 140 more openings. The Mexican League had two fewer clubs this season, as Chihuahua and Laredo are dormant until suitable playing facilities can be found for them. These two clubs attracted more than 209,000 fans in 2010.

2011 Attendance by league

International 6,664,206 Florida State 1,296,962
Pacific Coast 6,925,290 Midwest 3,983,282
Mexican 3,322,029 South Atlantic 3,125,934
Eastern 3,923,381 New York-Penn 1,749,891
Southern 2,175,505 Northwest 913,986
Texas 2,822,109 Appalachian 295,563
California 1,593,398 Pioneer 670,886
Carolina 1,789,631 Total 41,252,053

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