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MLB attendance near '19 figure through teams' first 12 home games

The Blue Jays led the way as 17 MLB teams “saw significant attendance gains or remained relatively flat” through their first 12 home games this season when compared to the ’19 season, according to Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY. The combined attendance is “down only slightly” -- 1.3% -- when compared to ’19, but a “closer look at individual franchises shows perhaps even more encouraging signs.” The Jays are up 59% from ’19 after spending the previous two seasons away from Rogers Centre. The A’s attendance drops have been well documented, but the “most telling group is a half-dozen largely major-market teams who are down between 6% to 12%.” The Cubs top that list, as evidenced by the April 25 crowd of 25,005. That was the “smallest at Wrigley Field in a non-pandemic year since 2013” and could serve as an “indication the club’s competitive indifference the past two years no longer flies after the team famously broke a 108-year championship streak” in ’16 (USA TODAY, 5/10).

MLB AVERAGE ATTENDANCE THROUGH 12 GAMES
TEAM ATTENDANCE PERCENT UP/DOWN
Dodgers 49,058 4%
Cardinals 38,970 -4%
Padres 37,643 23%
Braves 37,344 19%
Yankees 35,895 -9%
Rockies 33,282 0.10%
Angels 32,767 -9%
Giants 32,544 0.01%
Astros 32,145 -1%
Red Sox 32,027 -6%
Blue Jays 31,516 59%
Cubs 31,191 -12%
Mets 30,851 4%
Phillies 28,961 -21%
Brewers 27,390 -22%
Mariners 24,936 0.30%
Rangers 24,493 -11%
Tigers 21,282 27%
White Sox 20,610 25%
Nationals 20,550 -27%
Orioles 20,302 20%
D-backs 20,217 -26%
Reds 17,857 15%
Twins 17,521 0.30%
Royals 16,247 19%
Guardians* 13,863 -18%
Marlins 13,589 32%
Rays 13,524 -9%
Pirates 12,256 -21%
A's 7,283 -58%
NOTE: *Guardians have only played nine home games due to weather postponements
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