Total and average attendance increases again in 2013
This Peoria fans helped the Midwest League top four million fans in 2013. (Paul Gierhart/MiLB.com)
By Minor League Baseball | September 17, 2013 7:00 AM ET
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ announced today that its regular season attendance surpassed 41 million fans again this season, as it has done so for nearly a decade. The 41,553,781 fans that MiLB™ attracted in 2013 is nearly 275,000 more than last year's total. The industry also saw almost a two percent rise in average attendance, despite facing a multitude of weather issues early in the season.
"To experience increases in total and average attendance is a testament to the quality of our product and the ability of our clubs to adapt to conditions, be it weather, economic or otherwise," Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner said. "Attracting more than 41 million fans a year for nine years has helped solidify the Minor League Baseball brand to our partners and fans."
The Triple-A® Indianapolis Indians (637,579) led all clubs in total attendance. The Columbus Clippers, their International League West Division rival, topped all domestic clubs in average crowd (9,212).
The Frisco RoughRiders paced all 30 Double-A® clubs in total (479,873) and average attendance (7,057), for the ninth consecutive year.
The Dayton Dragons, as they have every season since they began playing in 2000, were tops among the 60 Class A® clubs in overall attendance (579,946) and average (8,405). The Dragons also extended their record consecutive sellout streak for a professional sports team to 983 games.
The Brooklyn Cyclones, who attracted 232,224 fans for an average of 6,276, have led the 40 Short Season-A™ and Rookie® clubs in both categories since their first year in 2001.
The Monterrey Sultans of the Mexican League led all MiLB clubs in average crowd (11,145) this season for the second straight year.