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2016 Attendance
2016 Attendance Recap
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Attendance by League
Appalachian League
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Eastern League
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Midwest League
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Northwest League
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Pioneer League
South Atlantic League
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Top Draws in 2016
BB&T Ballpark
By averaging 8,974 fans per home date, the Charlotte Knights at BB&T Ballpark were the top drawing team in all of minor league baseball. The Knights were also #1 in Triple-A, while the Frisco RoughRiders at Dr Pepper Ballpark averaged 7,024 to be the top drawing Double-A team. At the Single-A level, the Dayton Dragons' average of 8,188 at Fifth Third Field was easily the best for the classification. For short-season teams, the 6,177 average drawn by the Vancouver Canadians, the only minor league team located outside of the US, at Nat Bailey Stadium lead the way.


The Box Office Busts of 2016
Hank Aaron Stadium
The smallest typical crowd at a minor league ballpark was 334, which is what the Class A Lakeland Flying Tigers averaged at Henley Field, the minors' smallest park (1,000 seats) in 2016, when it served as a full-season temporary venue. For teams that play a short season of games, the Princeton Rays claimed the bottom spot by averaging 457 at Hunnicutt Field. At the Double-A classification, the Mobile BayBears, with 1,527 at Hank Aaron Stadium, had the worst average among teams with a home ballpark (the Hartford Yard Goats tallied just 831 playing "home" games at a series of ballparks not in Hartford). The smallest average crowd at the Triple-A level was the 3,218 of the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field.


Being Average
FNB Field
The average number of tickets sold per minor league game in 2016 was 3,931. The closest a team came to that number was the Harrisburg Senators, who averaged 3,901 at FNB Field.


18 Got 'Em All In
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Depending on league and level, teams have between 34 and 72 home games scheduled per season. Here's the games-by-league breakdown, with the teams listed in brackets having made it through their 2016 season with no home postponements, and thus no lost gates:

72 games
International, Pacific Coast
[Durham, El Paso]

71 games
Eastern
[none]

70 games
California, Carolina, Florida State, Midwest, South Atlantic, Southern, Texas
[Bakersfield, Chattanooga, Inland Empire, Lake Elsinore, Modesto, Montgomery, Northwest Arkansas, Pensacola, Rancho Cucamonga]

38 games
New York-Penn, Northwest, Pioneer
[Eugene, Grand Junction, Hillsboro, Idaho Falls, State College, Staten Island, Tri-City (WA)]

34 games
Appalachian
[none]


Games/Gates Lost
Isotopes Park in Albuquerque during a rain delay
There were 35 teams that lost at least 5 dates due to weather, most often rain, or other circumstances. In that regard, the most unfortunate team in 2016 was the Charlotte Stone Crabs, who lost 10 dates at Charlotte Sports Park. The Lakeland Flying Tigers had 9 postponements at Henley Field and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox had 8 game dates at Security Service Field that could not be made up. Additionally, six teams had 7 cancellations, five teams had 6 lost dates, and 20 teams couldn't make up 5 dates.

Also, the Hartford Yard Goats had 21 less home dates than possible but they did not have a home ballpark in 2016 and spent the season as a traveling team, playing "home games" in other places as they were able.

Added up, there were 453 cancelled dates by minor league baseball's 160 teams, which had a collective 9,952 regular season games scheduled in 2016. That means attendance was counted for 9,499 dates at ballparks used by minor league teams.

Regular season attendance for the 160 teams playing in the 14 minor leagues affiliated with major league baseball and based in the USA was 37,345,155 in 2016, when there were 9,499 game dates.

Listed on this page by league are the home attendance figures for all teams, which are sorted by highest to lowest average attendance within their respective leagues. As has long been custom, the numbers are based on tickets sold, so no-shows (unused tickets) are included in a team's attendance total and average.

Note that due to weather, not all teams have the same amount of home "dates," a category that is used instead of "games" since most teams are forced to play a varying number of single-admission doubleheaders to make up for games postponed by rain, etc. Doubleheaders count as one date because one ticket is sold for both games. Hence the number of dates, which is what average attendance is based on, is usually less than the number of home games played. In 2016 just 11.25% of teams had no postponements at home, and for only those 18 teams did dates equal games played.

All attendance totals and dates are from league websites. Ballpark information is from the Baseball Pilgrimages-compiled 2016 Ballpark Directory.




Triple-A
International League
6,765,909 tickets sold by 14 teams for 969 games (6,982 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Charlotte Knights 628,173 70 8,974 BB&T Ballpark (10,200)
Indianapolis Indians 636,888 71 8,970 Victory Field (14,230)
Columbus Clippers 602,171 68 8,855 Huntington Park (10,100)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 611,015 70 8,729 Coca-Cola Park (10,100)
Buffalo Bisons 562,755 70 8,039 Coca-Cola Field (17,600)
Toledo Mud Hens 532,008 68 7,824 Fifth Third Field (8,943)
Durham Bulls 547,156 72 7,599 Durham Bulls Athletic Park (10,000)
Louisville Bats 506,030 71 7,127 Louisville Slugger Field (13,131)
Rochester Red Wings 434,897 68 6,396 Frontier Field (10,840)
Pawtucket Red Sox 407,097 67 6,076 McCoy Stadium (10,031)
Scranton/WB RailRiders 424,991 70 6,071 PNC Field (10,000)
Norfolk Tides 373,042 68 5,486 Harbor Park (11,856)
Syracuse Chiefs 274,427 66 4,158 NBT Bank Stadium (11,117)
Gwinnett Braves 225,259 70 3,218 Coolray Field (10,427)


Pacific Coast League
7,063,852 tickets sold by 16 teams for 1,103 games (6,404 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Round Rock Express 613,226 71 8,637 Dell Diamond (10,000)
Sacramento River Cats 609,666 71 8,587 Raley Field (14,680)
El Paso Chihuahuas 564,259 72 7,837 Southwest University Park (9,500)
Albuquerque Isotopes 522,266 67 7,795 Isotopes Park (13,279)
Iowa Cubs 504,160 68 7,414 Principal Park (11,500)
Salt Lake Bees 503,659 70 7,195 Smith's Ballpark (15,334)
Nashville Sounds 504,060 71 7,099 First Tennessee Park (10,000)
Oklahoma City Dodgers 437,905 67 6,536 Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (9,000)
Fresno Grizzlies 439,389 71 6,189 Chukchansi Park (12,500)
Omaha Storm Chasers 356,135 67 5,315 Werner Park (9,023)
Tacoma Rainiers 377,164 71 5,312 Cheney Stadium (9,600)
Reno Aces 365,883 70 5,227 Greater Nevada Field (9,013)
New Orleans Zephyrs 339,400 66 5,142 Zephyr Field (10,000)
Las Vegas 51s 331,999 68 4,882 Cashman Field (9,334)
Memphis Redbirds 324,581 69 4,704 AutoZone Park (10,000)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 270,100 64 4,220 Security Service Field (8,400)


Double-A
Eastern League
3,424,513 tickets sold by 12 teams for 802 games (4,270 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Reading Fightin Phils 420,320 69 6,092 FirstEnergy Stadium (9,000)
Richmond Flying Squirrels 390,693 68 5,745 The Diamond (9,560)
Portland Sea Dogs 374,746 70 5,354 Hadlock Field (7,368)
Akron RubberDucks 350,077 69 5,074 Canal Park (9,447)
Trenton Thunder 347,661 69 5,039 Arm & Hammer Park (6,341)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 338,387 70 4,834 Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (7,000)
Altoona Curve 272,640 66 4,131 Peoples Natural Gas Field (7,210)
Harrisburg Senators 269,172 69 3,901 FNB Field (6,300)
Bowie Baysox 236,349 67 3,528 Prince George's Stadium (10,000)
Erie SeaWolves 210,040 69 3,044 Jerry Uht Park (6,000)
Binghamton Mets 172,859 66 2,619 NYSEG Stadium (6,012)
Hartford Yard Goats 41,569 50   831 no home ballpark


Southern League
2,325,870 tickets sold by 10 teams for 670 games (3,471 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Birmingham Barons 418,361 69 6,063 Regions Field (8,500)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 302,340 70 4,319 Pensacola Bayfront Stadium (5,038)
Tennessee Smokies 293,694 68 4,319 Smokies Stadium (6,000)
Jacksonville Suns 264,401 63 4,197 Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville (11,000)
Montgomery Biscuits 230,742 70 3,296 Riverwalk Stadium (7,000)
Chattanooga Lookouts 223,517 70 3,193 AT&T Field (6,362)
Mississippi Braves 190,130 67 2,838 Trustmark Park (8,480)
Biloxi Shuckers 180,384 67 2,692 MGM Park (6,076)
Jackson Generals 126,116 63 2,002 The Ballpark at Jackson (6,000)
Mobile BayBears 96,185 63 1,527 Hank Aaron Stadium (6,000)


Texas League
2,699,623 tickets sold by 8 teams for 541 games (4,990 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Frisco RoughRiders 463,564 66 7,024 Dr Pepper Ballpark (10,000)
Tulsa Drillers 366,734 68 5,393 ONEOK Field (7,833)
Corpus Christi Hooks 350,964 68 5,161 Whataburger Field (7,500)
Springfield Cardinals 316,990 67 4,731 Hammons Field (6,750)
Arkansas Travelers 306,570 65 4,716 Dickey-Stephens Park (7,000)
San Antonio Missions 317,607 69 4,603 Wolff Stadium (6,200)
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 312,001 70 4,457 Arvest Ballpark (6,500)
Midland RockHounds 265,193 68 3,900 Security Bank Ballpark (6,669)


Class A
California League
1,499,852 tickets sold by 10 teams for 695 games (2,158 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Lake Elsinore Storm 196,684 70 2,810 Lake Elsinore Diamond (7,866)
Stockton Ports 188,732 69 2,735 Banner Island Ballpark (5,200)
Inland Empire 66ers 190,933 70 2,728 San Manuel Stadium (5,000)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 171,509 70 2,450 LoanMart Field (6,615)
San Jose Giants 166,756 69 2,417 Municipal Stadium (5,208)
Lancaster JetHawks 165,947 69 2,405 The Hangar (4,500)
Modesto Nuts 157,239 70 2,246 John Thurman Field (4,000)
Visalia Rawhide 123,079 69 1,784 Recreation Park (2,468)
High Desert Mavericks 76,051 69 1,102 Heritage Field (3,808)
Bakersfield Blaze 62,922 70   899 Sam Lynn Ballpark (2,700)


Carolina League
1,826,733 tickets sold by 8 teams for 519 games (3,520 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Frederick Keys 314,443 65 4,838 Harry Grove Stadium (5,400)
Winston-Salem Dash 295,411 66 4,476 BB&T Ballpark (5,500)
Wilmington Blue Rocks 276,199 64 4,316 Frawley Stadium (6,532)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans 227,491 65 3,500 TicketReturn.com Field (5,200)
Salem Red Sox 200,478 65 3,084 LewisGale Field (6,300)
Potomac Nationals 195,448 64 3,054 Pfitzner Stadium (6,000)
Carolina Mudcats 194,334 64 3,036 Five County Stadium (6,500)
Lynchburg Hillcats 122,929 66 1,863 City Stadium (4,281)


Florida State League
1,056,800 tickets sold by 12 teams for 781 games (1,353 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Clearwater Threshers 181,594 67 2,710 Bright House Field (8,500)
Fort Myers Miracle 124,273 65 1,912 Hammond Stadium (8,730)
Daytona Tortugas 112,053 67 1,672 Jackie Robinson Ballpark (4,000)
Charlotte Stone Crabs 95,588 60 1,593 Charlotte Sports Park (6,823)
St. Lucie Mets 96,556 68 1,420 Tradition Field (7,160)
Bradenton Marauders 87,149 65 1,341 McKechnie Field (8,500)
Brevard County Manatees 85,032 65 1,308 Space Coast Stadium (7,200)
Tampa Yankees 73,278 63 1,163 Steinbrenner Field (11,076)
Palm Beach Cardinals 70,991 66 1,076 Roger Dean Stadium (7,000)
Jupiter Hammerheads 59,306 68   872 Roger Dean Stadium (7,000)
Dunedin Blue Jays 50,593 66   767 Florida Auto Exchange Stadium (5,509)
Lakeland Flying Tigers 20,387 61   334 Henley Field (1,000)


Midwest League
4,153,067 tickets sold by 16 teams for 1,075 games (3,863 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Dayton Dragons 548,574 67 8,188 Fifth Third Field (7,230)
Fort Wayne TinCaps 413,701 68 6,084 Parkview Field (8,100)
Kane County Cougars 400,931 69 5,811 Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (7,400)
West Michigan Whitecaps 386,416 68 5,683 Fifth Third Ballpark (9,684)
South Bend Cubs 350,803 69 5,084 Four Winds Field (5,000)
Lansing Lugnuts 311,190 68 4,576 Cooley Law School Stadium (11,000)
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 243,767 68 3,585 Fox Cities Stadium (5,900)
Quad Cities River Bandits 234,923 67 3,506 Modern Woodmen Park (4,024)
Peoria Chiefs 230,277 66 3,489 Dozer Park (7,500)
Lake County Captains 213,738 68 3,143 Classic Park (7,273)
Great Lakes Loons 210,054 69 3,044 Dow Diamond (5,200)
Bowling Green Hot Rods 174,722 65 2,688 Bowling Green Ballpark (4,559)
Cedar Rapids Kernels 166,413 67 2,484 Veterans Memorial Stadium (5,300)
Clinton LumberKings 124,154 65 1,910 Ashford University Field (4,000)
Burlington Bees 75,429 68 1,109 Community Field (3,200)
Beloit Snappers 67,975 63 1,079 Pohlman Field (3,500)


South Atlantic League
3,046,337 tickets sold by 14 teams for 928 games (3,283 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Lakewood BlueClaws 353,080 66 5,350 FirstEnergy Park (6,588)
Greensboro Grasshoppers 336,121 65 5,171 NewBridge Bank Park (7,499)
Greenville Drive 331,911 69 4,810 Fluor Field (5,700)
Lexington Legends 276,062 63 4,382 Whitaker Bank Ballpark (6,994)
Charleston RiverDogs 293,161 68 4,311 Riley Park (5,800)
Columbia Fireflies 261,134 69 3,785 Spirit Communications Park (8,000)
Delmarva Shorebirds 209,120 65 3,217 Perdue Stadium (5,200)
Asheville Tourists 183,058 66 2,774 McCormick Field (4,000)
Augusta GreenJackets 169,421 65 2,606 Lake Olmstead Stadium (4,322)
Rome Braves 161,121 67 2,405 State Mutual Stadium (5,100)
West Virginia Power 143,755 65 2,212 Appalachian Power Park (4,500)
Hickory Crawdads 150,110 69 2,176 L.P. Frans Stadium (5,062)
Kannapolis Intimidators 95,757 65 1,473 Intimidators Stadium (4,700)
Hagerstown Suns 82,526 66 1,250 Municipal Stadium (4,600)


Short Season/Rookie
Appalachian League
333,412 tickets sold by 10 teams for 317 games (1,052 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Pulaski Yankees 57,995 31 1,871 Calfee Park (2,500)
Johnson City Cardinals 51,855 31 1,673 TVA Credit Union Ballpark (2,500)
Burlington Royals 49,227 33 1,492 Burlington Athletic Stadium (3,500)
Greeneville Astros 41,651 33 1,262 Pioneer Park (3,572)
Danville Braves 31,540 33   956 Legion Field (2,588)
Kingsport Mets 27,990 31   903 Hunter Wright Stadium (2,500)
Bluefield Blue Jays 22,651 31   731 Bowen Field (2,250)
Elizabethton Twins 19,427 31   627 Joe O'Brien Field (1,500)
Bristol Pirates 16,441 31   530 DeVault Memorial Stadium (2,000)
Princeton Rays 14,635 32   457 Hunnicutt Field (1,950)


New York-Penn League
1,482,859 tickets sold by 14 teams for 508 games (2,919 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Brooklyn Cyclones 207,702 37 5,614 MCU Park (7,500)
Tri-City ValleyCats 149,847 35 4,281 Bruno Stadium (5,000)
Hudson Valley Renegades 152,328 36 4,231 Dutchess Stadium (4,494)
Aberdeen IronBirds 141,070 35 4,031 Ripken Stadium (6,300)
Lowell Spinners 139,943 37 3,782 LeLacheur Park (5,000)
State College Spikes 125,875 38 3,313 Medlar Field at Lubrano Park (5,570)
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 92,117 35 2,632 Eastwood Field (6,000)
Vermont Lake Monsters 83,955 36 2,332 Centennial Field (4,415)
Connecticut Tigers 82,488 36 2,291 Dodd Stadium (6,270)
Staten Island Yankees 85,513 38 2,250 Richmond County Bank Ballpark (7,171)
West Virginia Black Bears 78,774 36 2,188 Monongalia County Ballpark (2,500)
Williamsport Crosscutters 60,429 35 1,727 Bowman Field (4,200)
Auburn Doubledays 52,811 37 1,427 Falcon Park (2,800)
Batavia Muckdogs 30,007 37   811 Dwyer Stadium (2,600)


Northwest League
1,049,642 tickets sold by 8 teams for 298 games (3,522 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Vancouver Canadians 222,363 36 6,177 Nat Bailey Stadium (6,500)
Spokane Indians 187,848 37 5,077 Avista Stadium (7,162)
Hillsboro Hops 131,851 38 3,470 Ron Tonkin Field (4,500)
Eugene Emeralds 121,587 38 3,200 PK Park (4,000)
Boise Hawks 114,476 37 3,094 Memorial Stadium (3,426)
Everett AquaSox 104,162 37 2,815 Everett Memorial Stadium (3,682)
Tri-City Dust Devils 86,886 38 2,286 Gesa Stadium (3,700)
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 80,469 37 2,175 Volcanoes Stadium (4,252)


Pioneer League
616,686 tickets sold by 8 teams for 293 games (2,105 average)
Team Total Dates Average Ballpark (Capacity)
Ogden Raptors 124,200 36 3,450 Lindquist Field (6,700)
Billings Mustangs 104,315 37 2,819 Dehler Park (3,071)
Idaho Falls Chukars 96,866 38 2,549 Melaleuca Field (3,400)
Grand Junction Rockies 79,470 38 2,091 Suplizio Field (7,014)
Missoula Osprey 73,207 37 1,979 Ogren Park Allegiance Field (3,500)
Orem Owlz 57,504 37 1,554 Home of the Owlz (4,500)
Great Falls Voyagers 43,500 35 1,243 Centene Stadium (3,200)
Helena Brewers 37,624 35 1,075 Kindrick Legion Field (2,100)



Home Away From Home
Dodd Stadium in Norwich
Dodd Stadium served double duty in 2016, with the Norwich-based ballpark being home to the city's minor league team, the Connecticut Tigers, for 36 dates and Hartford's homeless Yard Goats for 19 games, which were played on 14 days thanks to five doubleheaders

Most teams play all of their home games in one ballpark, but there are annual and yearly exceptions. In 2016, the Hartford Yard Goats were forced to play every one of their home games away from Hartford due to the unavailability of Dunkiní Donuts Park, which was to be the team's new ballpark, except that it did not get finished during the Yard Goats' inaugural season (the team relocated from nearby New Britain). So as a result, "home" games for Hartford were played in 10 cities, and thus 10 ballparks, in 2016. In all, 69 games were played and attendance was counted for 50 dates, as 12 times the Yard Goats were home for a doubleheader and on another seven occasions, all in Binghamton, games were played but attendance was not counted. For the 50 times that it was, 14 of the dates were actually in Connecticut, at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, where an Eastern League team played from 1995-2009 (the Yard Goats are an Eastern League team). The other nine venues in which Hartford's team hosted games were spread out among their league's member cities, with the Yard Goats being credited for the following crowd counts at them (and in Norwich):

8,648 in Portland at Hadlock Field for 3 dates (2,883 average)
8,096 in Manchester at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium for 15 dates (540 average)
7,468 in Norwich at Dodd Stadium for 14 dates (533 average)
7,234 in Richmond at The Diamond for 3 dates (2,411 average)
3,820 in Reading at FirstEnergy Stadium for 3 dates (1,273 average)
2,035 in Harrisburg at FNB Field for 2 dates (1,018 average)
1,751 in Trenton at Arm & Hammer Park for 3 dates (584 average)
1,040 in Binghamton at NYSEG Stadium for 2 dates (520 average)
 898 in Bowie at Prince George's Stadium for 3 dates (299 average)
 579 in Altoona at Peoples Natural Gas Field for 2 dates (290 average)

Only in Akron and Erie did the Hartford Yard Goats not play an Eastern League home game in 2016. At the 10 ballparks/cities in which they did, the team's total official attendance was 41,569. For their 50 home game dates the average crowd was 831, with the range being from a mere 9 people (in Manchester) to 3,564 (Portland).

Meanwhile, as has been the case since 1996, the Birmingham Barons played one game at Rickwood Field, their home ballpark from 1910-1987, while the Brevard County Manatees played one home game at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach (the Jackie Robinson Celebration Game) for the third straight season. Tickets sold for those games contributed to each team's overall home attendance figures.



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