The 2013 was an unpredictable year. Fueled by the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Red Sox went on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The Houston Astros switched over to the American League to join the West division, giving each league an even 15 teams. This led to more Inter-League play which excites many baseball fans. No new ballparks were erected but here is how the attendance for each team shaped up during the 2013 season. 

 

Venue/Team

Total Season Attendance

Avg. Nightly Attendance

Percentage of Capacity

1. Dodger Stadium (Dodgers)

3743527

46216

82.50%

2. Busch Stadium (Cardinals)

3369769

41602

94.60%

3. AT&T Stadium (Giants)

3326796

41584

99.20%

4. Yankee Stadium (Yankees)

3279589

40488

80.50%

5. Globe Life Park (Rangers)

3178273

38759

78.80%

6. Comerica Park (Tigers)

3083397

38066

92.30%

7. Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Angels)

3019505

37277

82.10%

8. Citizens Bank Park (Phillies)

3012403

37190

85.20%

9. Fenway Park (Red Sox)

2833333

34979

94.40%

10. Coors Field (Rockies)

2793828

34491

68.30%

11. Nationals Park (Nationals)

2652422

32745

78.90%

12. Wrigley Field (Cubs)

2642682

32625

79.30%

13. Turner Field (Braves)

2548679

31465

63.30%

14. Rogers Centre (Blue Jays)

2536562

31315

63.60%

15. Great American Ballpark (Reds)

2534369

31288

73.90%

16. Miller Park (Brewers)

2531105

31248

74.60%

17. Target Field (Twins)

2477644

30588

77.40%

18. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Orioles)

2357561

29105

64.10%

19. PNC Park (Pirates)

2256862

28210

73.50%

20. Petco Park (Padres)

2166691

26749

62.70%

21. Citi Field (Mets)

2135657

26695

63.90%

22. Chase Field (Diamondbacks)

2134795

26355

54.20%

23. O.co Coliseum (Athletics)

1809302

22337

63.70%

24. U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox)

1768413

22105

54.40%

25. Safeco Field (Mariners)

1761546

21747

45.40%

26. Kauffman Stadium (Royals)

1750754

21614

57.00%

27. Minute Maid Park (Astros)

1651883

20393

49.80%

28. Progressive Field (Indians)

1572926

19661

45.30%

29. Marlins Park (Marlins)

1586322

19584

52.30%

30. Tropicana Field (Rays)

1510300

18645

54.70%

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers made an incredible jump in attendance from 3.3 million fans during the 2012 season to 3.7 million fans in 2013. The acquisition of the exciting Yasiel Puig had a lot to do with the increase. Changing ownership groups from Frank Mccourt to Guggenheim Partners was also a vital aspect. The Dodgers went on to finish as the National League's runners up. For the 2nd straight season, the Astros, Indians and Rays finished in the bottom five in league attendance. Until the Rays build a ballpark in Tampa instead of playing in St. Petersburg, they will continue to draw poor attendances. Plus, being able to play outdoors in the beautiful Tampa weather would only add to the appeal of attending Rays games. 

One of the largest declines in attendance was at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. In 2012, they operated at an attendance capacity of 100% (every game was sold out). In 2013, they operated at an attendance capacity of 85%. They fell from first in attendance to eighth. In it's 2nd season of operation, Marlins Park in Miami also turned out to be a huge disappointment. Failing to draw the large Latin crowds that they had hoped for in Little Havana, the Marlins finished with just 1.5 million in total attendance for the 2013 season. This after hosting a respectable 2.2 million fans in 2012. 

 

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