Braves on pace for highest home attendance since '00

Braves have not topped the 3 million milestone in home attendance since the '00 seasonDALE ZANINE/USA TODAY SPORTS

The Braves, with attendance of 789,846 through 21 games at Truist Park, are "on pace to surpass 3 million in home attendance for the regular season," according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. The club has not "topped the 3 million milestone" . After roughly one-quarter of their home schedule, the Braves’ average of 37,612 fans per game trails only the Dodgers (49,256) and the Cardinals (38,604). However, the Braves are "off to a much slower start" on the field than at the gate, posting a 16-19 record. The Braves’ early attendance has "been boosted by the carryover effect" from last year’s World Series championship. The team has "announced sellout crowds of 40,000-plus for nine of the 21 home games this season." Typically, the Braves’ peak attendance "comes in the summer when schools aren’t in session." The club said that entering this season they had "sold their most season tickets" since '00 (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 5/17).

SOLID START: In Baltimore, Hayes Gardner notes the Orioles' attendance this season has "increased." Through the first 14 games of the '19 season, the Orioles "averaged an announced crowd of 16,301." Through the same number of contests this year, official attendance has "been 18,581 per game, a 14% increase." The club's attendance is "still lower than the MLB average," though. The Orioles "might see a boost in attendance soon," as top prospects P Grayson Rodriguez, P DL Hall and C Adley Rutschman are "all in Triple-A, awaiting a call up to the big leagues, which could attract more fans to the ballpark" (BALTIMORE SUN, 5/17).

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