USA TODAY International Edition
USA TODAY SPORTS ANALYSIS
MLB TEAM- BY- TEAM ATTENDANCE
USA TODAY Sports examines who’s up and who’s down – and what it all means – for all 30 MLB markets through their first 12 home dates:
Blue Jays (+ 59%)
Smallest crowd: 20,468
What it means: Since opening day 2019, the Blue Jays have welcomed a superstar in Vladimir Guerrero Jr., spent $ 260 million on George Springer and Kevin Gausman and traded to fill in the gaps. Toronto noticed.
Marlins (+ 32%)
Smallest crowd: 6,224
What it means: Don’t get too excited: Miami averaged 10,287 in its first dozen 2019 dates. Like the on- field product, building a fan base is meticulous here.
Tigers (+ 27%)
Smallest crowd: 10,522
What it means: An encouraging upswing after the $ 140 million signing of Javy Baez and arrival of Spencer Torkelson followed six consecutive losing seasons.
White Sox (+ 25%)
Smallest crowd: 11,242
What it means: One of just two teams to gain attendance during a partially open 2021 campaign, the White Sox still have plenty of gate and performance upside.
Padres (+ 23%)
Smallest crowd: 25,359
What it means: Still the only game in town and on track to draw 3 million fans for the first time since Petco Park’s inaugural 2004 season.
Braves (+ 19%)
Smallest crowd: 30,362
What it means: Year 6 of Truist Park should be its best- attended following a World Series title and the growing popularity of the adjacent Battery.
Orioles (+ 20%)
Smallest crowd: 7,427
What it means: The early total is bumped by a Yankees visit, though “1992 pricing” to celebrate Camden Yards and free tickets for kids seems to be paying off.
Royals (+ 19%)
Smallest crowd: 8,969
What it means: Seven crowds of at least 15,000, compared to just two over similar 2019 stretch.
Reds (+ 15%)
Smallest crowd: 9,192
What it means: Biggest challenges may still remain, with worst team in majors trying to attract fans after club president’s “Where else you going to go?” dare.
Dodgers (+ 4%)
Smallest crowd: 38,888
What it means: They drew crowds of 52,000 on consecutive Monday and Tuesday nights in April, which is really all you need to know.
Mets (+ 4%)
Smallest crowd: 23,413
What it means: Will Steve Cohen’s huge acquisitions pay for themselves? If the 20- 10 Mets keep winning, they might.
Twins (+ 0.3%)
Smallest crowd: 11,803
What it means: Carlos Correa didn’t exactly break the box office, but Twins fans remain resolute through cold, snow, pandemic and lockout.
Mariners (+ 0.3%)
Smallest crowd: 9,374
What it means: Slow start may threaten ability to make significant gains with dynamic young team.
Rockies (+ 0.1%)
Smallest crowd: 20,403
What it means: Is it the legalized cannabis? The bevy of IPAs on tap? The mile- high air? Two years of pandemic, the trade of a franchise player, the public mistrust of ownership and management and yet the Rockies are an attendance machine. What a market.
Giants (+ 0.01%)
Smallest crowd: 22,562
What it means: Nearly identical to 2019 pace ( 32,547 through 12 games), but now must confront just the second season in Oracle Park history missing both Barry Bonds and Buster Posey. Will a team bereft of box office heroes still draw?
Astros (- 1%)
Smallest crowd: 23,797
What it means: Personnel turnover and an ugly scandal haven’t slowed the onor off- field success.
Cardinals (- 4%)
Smallest crowd: 32,215
What it means: The attendance floor and the early eye test both suggest the market for a Cards ticket is softening a bit.
Red Sox (- 6)
Smallest crowd: 27,679
What it means: Ticket scarcity is typically the rule at Fenway Park. A struggling team that can’t score may test that theory after two decades of nearly uninterrupted success.
Rays (- 9)
Smallest crowd: 7,290
What it means: Exciting, successful team fights headwinds of poorly located stadium, relocation talk, unconfirmed revenue deficit. Repeat until at least 2027.
Angels (- 9%)
Smallest crowd: 16,132
What it means: The club found its low point: A Tuesday afternoon April game against Miami drew the smallest crowd since the Angels won the 2002 World Series.
Yankees (- 9%)
Smallest crowd: 25,068
What it means: Huge stadium means secondary market options abound, as Max Waisvisz, who brokers Yankee tickets out of Chicago, notes. “I have 16 $ 30 bleacher tickets for today’s game,” he says, “selling for $ 5 each.”
Rangers (- 11%)
Smallest crowd: 15,862
What it means: It’s a bit alarming that Year 2 of climate- controlled Globe Life Field can’t keep pace with the final year of Globe Life Ballpark – even after the Rangers spent more than $ 500 million on free agents.
Cubs (- 12%)
Smallest crowd: 25,005
What it means: The softening Cubs market arrived last summer, when the club enjoyed large summer crowds once attendance restrictions lifted, only to see them sag – eight gates of 25,000 or less – following the trades of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javy Baez.
Guardians (- 18%)
Average: 13,863 ( through nine home dates, due to rainouts)
Smallest crowd: 8,345
What it means: Add poor weather to general indifference that could not be overcome with a name change and the long- term signing of Jose Ramirez.
Pirates (- 21%)
Smallest crowd: 8,331
What it means: The seventh season without a playoff berth comes with owner Bob Nutting failing to commit significant dollars to free agent signings, giving divisional peers like Milwaukee a head start.
Brewers (- 22%)
Smallest crowd: 20,790
What it means: While demand has softened relative to a 2019 season coming off an NLCS trip, the Brewers remain a mid- market wonder, outdrawing the White Sox, Mariners and Rangers and nearly equaling the Phillies.
Phillies (- 24%)
Smallest crowd: 20,127
What it means: Tough to match Year 1 of the Bryce Harper era, but this year’s stagnant numbers show the club must win fairly big and not rely on owner John Middleton’s annual gift of winter trinkets – which this year included Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos.
Diamondbacks (- 26%)
Smallest crowd: 15,138
What it means: A distressed market, where only the sunbirds rooting on the Padres, Giants and Dodgers keep the turnstiles moving with any predictivity.
Nationals (- 27%)
Smallest crowd: 11,720
What it means: Attendance already dipped from 2.5 million to 2.2 million in 2019, when the club won the World Series – followed by two injury- wracked seasons that saw many of their charismatic stars traded away. Now, the Lerner family is exploring a sale of the team.
A’s (- 58%)
Smallest crowd: 2,488
What it means: A strip- mined roster competing in an antiquated facility before fans disillusioned by threats to move to Las Vegas unless public money is spent on the owner’s pet condo project? Yeah, this is what you get.