Minor League Baseball Attendance Down So Far In 2024


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So far, attendance across the affiliated minor leagues this season is down slightly from 2023.

At this time last year, the 120 affiliated MiLB teams were averaging 3,877 fans in announced attendance per game. This year, that number has dipped to 3,767 fans per game. By the time last season was complete, teams had upped the overall average to 4,077 fans per game.

Weather does not seem to be a big factor in this modest dip. Teams have lost 216 dates to cancellations so far this year, compared to 231 at this time last year.

Overall, MiLB teams have drawn 13.851 million fans so far in 2024. At the time last year, that total was 13.938 million fans.

By The Numbers

Twenty-six teams have seen a five percent or better improvement when compared to last year’s average attendance, led by eight Class A teams:

Rankteam2024 avg.2023 avg.diff.% Change
1Dunedin Blue Jays81956025946.25%
2Eugene Emeralds1,8991,36353639.33%
3Beloit Sky Carp1,5611,22333827.64%
4Tampa Tarpons1,05087817219.59%
5Hudson Valley Renegades2,8742,45142317.26%
6Inland Empire 66ers2,4952,13236317.03%
7Lakeland Flying Tigers6385568214.75%
8Quad Cities River Bandits2,1611,93123011.91%
9Norfolk Tides6,2035,57562811.26%
10Frisco RoughRiders6,1765,55162511.26%
11Bowie Baysox3,9413,54839311.08%
12West Michigan Whitecaps4,9924,5444489.86%
13Hillsboro Hops2,0661,8891779.37%
14San Jose Giants1,9251,7691568.82%
15Reading Fightin Phils6,3975,8865118.68%
16Indianapolis Indians7,3216,7435788.57%
17Peoria Chiefs2,2652,0871788.53%
18Fresno Grizzlies4,5994,2483518.26%
19New Hampshire Fisher Cats3,4673,2122557.94%
20Charleston RiverDogs4,6824,3593237.41%

There are 44 teams showing a five percent or larger drop in average announced attendance. Here are the bottom 20:

rankteam2024 avg.2023 avg.diff.% change
1Memphis Redbirds2,1413,175-1,034-32.57%
2Jupiter Hammerheads633896-263-29.35%
3Mississippi Braves2,2432,891-648-22.41%
4Cedar Rapids Kernels1,7512,230-479-21.48%
5Delmarva Shorebirds2,6083,309-701-21.18%
6Binghamton Rumble Ponies2,2052,775-570-20.54%
7Palm Beach Cardinals664811-147-18.13%
8Brooklyn Cyclones2,1152,532-417-16.47%
9Down East Wood Ducks1,3741,633-259-15.86%
10Gwinnett Stripers2,5933,073-480-15.62%
11Carolina Mudcats1,9562,308-352-15.25%
12Stockton Ports1,6331,919-286-14.90%
13Rome Emperors1,4151,639-224-13.67%
14Birmingham Barons3,6884,241-553-13.04%
15Columbia Fireflies3,3563,847-491-12.76%
16Aberdeen IronBirds1,7261,971-245-12.43%
17Nashville Sounds6,8477,814-967-12.38%
18Portland Sea Dogs5,0965,792-696-12.02%
19Charlotte Knights6,1626,996-834-11.92%
20El Paso Chihuahuas6,4637,288-825-11.32%

And here’s a look at the top 25 teams in order of average attendance:

RankteamTotal Attendance2024 avg.2023 avg.
1Dayton Dragons265,1318,0347,872
2Lehigh Valley IronPigs247,9317,5137,759
3Indianapolis Indians241,6067,3216,743
4Richmond Flying Squirrels203,2437,0086,672
5Nashville Sounds198,5536,8477,814
6Durham Bulls244,0396,7796,726
7Columbus Clippers222,1356,7317,130
8Albuquerque Isotopes256,3346,5736,741
9El Paso Chihuahuas232,6606,4637,288
10Worcester Red Sox204,9456,4056,844
11Reading Fightin Phils211,1076,3975,886
12Las Vegas Aviators238,3536,2726,989
13Buffalo Bisons193,1836,2326,242
14Norfolk Tides198,4886,2035,575
15Frisco RoughRiders172,9146,1765,551
16Charlotte Knights203,3476,1626,996
17Hartford Yard Goats171,3725,9096,083
18Rochester Red Wings181,2635,8475,550
19Toledo Mud Hens166,9265,5645,333
20Tulsa Drillers181,4415,4985,716
21Round Rock Express195,7785,4385,682
22St. Paul Saints154,4795,3275,249
23Oklahoma City Baseball Club153,8555,3055,854
24Amarillo Sod Poodles129,0225,1615,298
25Portland Sea Dogs163,0765,0965,792

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