February 2, 2012
In a sport where no revenue is shared, nothing forecasts a team's spending like the number of fans that attended games the previous season. Listed below are baseball's 30 ballparks listed in descending order, according to last season's overall attendance.
1. Citizens Bank Park - (3,680,718)
2. Yankee Stadium - (3,653,680)
3. AT&T Park - (3,387,303)
4. Target Field - (3,168,107)
5. Angels Stadium of Anaheim - (3,166,321)
6. Busch Stadium - (3,093,954)
7. Miller Park - (3,071,373)
8. Fenway Park - (3,054,001)
9. Wrigley Field - (3,017,966)
10. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington - (2,946,949)
11. Dodger Stadium - (2,935,139)
12. Coors Field - (2,909,777)
13. Comerica Park - (2,642,045)
14. Citi Field - (2,378,549)
15. Turner Field - (2,372,940)
16. Great American Ballpark - (2,213,498)
17. Petco Park - (2,143,018)
18. Chase Field - (2,105,432)
19. Minute Maid Park - (2,067,016)
20. Nationals Park - (1,940,478)
21. U.S. Cellular Field - (2,001,117)
22. PNC Park - (1,940,429)
23. Safeco Field - (1,896,321)
24. Progressive Field - (1,840,835)
25. Rogers Centre - (1,818,103)
26. Camden Yards - (1,755,461)
27. Kauffman Stadium - (1,724,450)
28. Sun Life Stadium - (1,520,562)
29. Tropicana Field - (1,529,188)
30. O.co Coliseum - (1,476,792)
The first two franchises on the top of the list come as no surprise to baseball fans nor do the bottom four ballparks. The biggest surprise on the list was the Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park) who attracted just over 3 million fans last season and averaged right at 38,000 fans per game. This goes to show you how a winning ball club is the only remedy to attendance problems; not promotions and bobblehead nights. The two MLB ballparks that averaged crowds over their venue's capacity were Citizens Bank Park (Phillies) and Fenway Park (Red Sox) which means the standing room areas were always occupied.
As if the demand for New York Yankees tickets wasn't well documented, the Yankees still managed to average 45,000 fans per game with an average ticket price of $34 (a league high). In 2011 overall, there were many MLB ballparks that continued their attendance streaks of 3 million fans including the Chicago Cubs (8 years) and the Boston Red Sox (4 years).
Although the United States is still experiencing a poor economy, fans continue to flock to Major League stadiums in record numbers. The 2012 Major League Baseball season will be no different.
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