The ‘pastime’ is shrinking — again

By David Wilson
Updated: October 6, 2010

NEW YORK — Attendance at Major League Baseball games was down about 1% to a total of 73.06 million in 2010, an average of 30,067 fans per game. It was the third straight decline since 2007, when MLB set records with overall attendance of 79.5 million and an average crowd of 32,785.

As expected the New York Yankees led the majors in total and average attendance. The Bronx Bombers drew 3,765,807 fans to Yankee Stadium, for an average of 46,491 per game.

Three teams in baseball played to beyond-capacity crowds at home this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies played to a 103.5% capacity this season at Citizens Bank Park, the highest figure in baseball. The also played to 75.4% capacity on the road, making the Phillies, baseball’s most popular attraction.

Also playing to beyond-capacity crowds were the Boston Red Sox, who extended their sellout streak to 631 games at Fenway Park. Boston played to 100.9% capacity (37,610) at Fenway.

The Minnesota Twins in their new ballpark played to 100.7% (39,798).

On the other end of the spectrum, the Cleveland Indians, just three seasons removed from falling one game shy of the World Series, finished last in average attendance (17,395).

The Toronto Blue Jays were the only team to play to less than 40 percent capacity at home as they filled the Rogers Centre to 39.9 percent (20,068).