MLB crowds drop slightly for 2nd straight year
Sep. 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball attendance dipped slightly for the second straight season.
The 30 teams drew 73,739,622 for an average of 30,458, the commissioner's office said Monday, a 0.2 percent drop from last year's average of 30,515. Teams averaged 30,895 in 2012, down from a peak of 32,785 before the Great Recession.
Total attendance of 73.74 million was down from 74.03 million last year and 74.86 million in 2012 but was still MLB's seventh-highest.
Pittsburgh, in the playoffs for the second straight season following a 21-year absence, set a team home record at 2.44 million, drawing about 6,000 fans more than during PNC Park's opening season in 2001.
Kansas City made the postseason for the first time since 1985 and drew 1.96 million for its highest total since 1991.
San Francisco drew 3.37 million to AT&T Park, extending its home sellout streak to 327 dates since Oct. 1, 2010.
The Los Angeles Dodgers drew 3.78 million and led in home attendance for the second straight season. The New York Yankees drew 3.4 million and topped the AL for the 12th consecutive year.