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Description of the data topic Attendance. This includes the definition as well as the coverage of the data topic or element on the site.
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Attendance



Attendance is the data element that tracks the number of tickets sold for a particular baseball game and further aggregrated to provide a season attendance total. The attendance values for a game is attributed to the home team. Attendance for the away team is sometimes captured but not on The Baseball Cube.

Attendance is available for Major League and Minor League teams (except for complex teams). MLB attendance is available since 1903 and for the Minors, since 1977. Indy league attendance is also displayed where available.

Originally, attendance was based on the turnstiles or the number of people present in a ballpark whereas in later years (more recently) the attendance became based on ticket sales and not butts-in-seats. A no-show still counts since they got your money!

The effect of attendance on a game is hard to measure but it can certainly be a measurement of fan interest in a team or ballpark. Waning attendance may be a sign that a market is in trouble and action needs to be taken by ownership to reverse course.

Minor League attendance is available on team, season and season review pages and is not available in more detail than season totals. We also have some Indy League attendance totals but none for college.