MLB records 16-year high for weekend attendance

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Major League Baseball games attracted 1,688,731 fans from June 14-16, the highest total across a single weekend since 2008.

MLB’s 45 games last weekend drew an average crowd of 37,527, which is also the highest average attendance in 16 years. Sunday’s total of 612,066 was also the highest Sunday total since 2008.

Additionally, Saturday marked the highest pre-July Saturday attendance since 2008 and the best Saturday average overall since 2013.

Last weekend featured some high-profile matchups, with the Boston Red Sox taking on the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, and the St. Louis Cardinals facing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Elsewhere, there were strong attendances at Citi Field as the New York Mets hosted the San Diego Padres, and at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles welcomed the Philadelphia Phillies.

Last season, MLB’s overall attendance reached the 70 million mark for the first time since 2017. The total of 70,747,365 was up 9.6% on 2022’s total of 64,556,636.

The average attendance in 2023 was 29,295, which marked a 9.1% increase, the highest percentage growth in 30 years, not including COVID-impacted seasons. Seventeen clubs registered attendances of over 2.5 million in 2023, matching the most in MLB history, and eight teams recorded attendances of more than three million for the first time in 10 years.

Last season also saw 11 weekends draw more than 1.5 million fans, the most since 2017.

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