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MLB worries as fan attendance shrinks 10%, the lowest level in 15 years – and it’s not just the unseasonably cold weather at the start of the season.

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WHAT’S TO BLAME?
MLB is Trying to Find Out

  • Cost? Avg ticket price in MLB is $32, but on the re-sale market (i.e. StubHub) it’s $76. Add food & drinks, that’s approx $100 for 1 fan.
  • Less Competition? Handful of really good teams & really bad teams makes for less thrill. Strikeouts topped hits in April.
  • No incentive? Fans can watch anywhere – phone, tablet, TV.
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WHY THIS MATTERS

  • MLB attendance is pretty consistent, swinging no more than 2% in either direction.
  • Baseball hasn’t seen a drop like this since 1995 following a player strike which canceled the World Series.
  • Empty stadiums may give you a better shot at catching a foul ball, but not an ideal setting to watch a game.
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MLB WANTS TO FIX IT

“I think that a lot of us in the game are watching the way we’re playing very, very closely, everything from fewer hits, more strikeouts, more times between balls in play.”

Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner
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So which teams are seeing the biggest drops in attendance? And which 4 teams are still filling the stands? Click to find out.

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  • Attendance drop, strikeout rise has MLB concerned (From May 27th)
    https://apnews.com/14a72864fa504154a848e1c577582c06
    Among the teams experiencing drops in home average attendance compared with the day before the holiday weekend (Memorial Day) last year were Miami (21,641 to 10,603), Toronto (36,869 to 27,707), Baltimore (27,992 to 19,404), Detroit (27,699 to 19,837), Pittsburgh (23,727 to 16,497), Kansas City (26,154 to 19,757), Chicago White Sox (20,864 to 15,987), Texas (31,940 to 27,198), Cincinnati (21,681 to 17,848) and Cleveland (20,780 to 17,630).
    Teams with notable increases were World Series champion Houston (27,609 to 35,556), Milwaukee (28,346 to 32,353), the New York Yankees (36,280 to 40,271) and Arizona (22,649 to 25,638).
  • Major League Baseball Sees a Sharp Drop in Attendance
    League-wide attendance of 27,328 per game is down 6.6% from this time last year
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/major-league-baseball-sees-a-sharp-drop-in-attendance-1529063246