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2017 Attendance
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The 30 major league teams that are evenly split between the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues had total ticket sales of 3,535,479 for 513 games in 2017. There were no rainouts, so every scheduled game was played. The average paid crowd per game was 6,892.

Attendance figures are based on tickets sold for the games that were played between major league teams in the spring training ballparks in Arizona and Florida. Also included in the final tally were exhibitions played between MLB teams and WBC squads, and there were 19 such games in 2017.

All numbers are from Spring Training Connection and teams are sorted by highest to lowest average attendance within each league.



Cactus League
1,918,607 tickets sold by 15 teams for 255 games (7,524 average)
Team Total Games Average High Low Ballpark (Capacity)
Chicago Cubs 251,899 17 14,818 15,513 10,762 Sloan Park (15,000)
Arizona Diamondbacks 176,883 17 10,405 14,002  5,114 Salt River Fields (11,000)
San Francisco Giants 182,518 18 10,140 12,184  7,385 Scottsdale Stadium (12,000)
Los Angeles Dodgers 165,911 18  9,217 13,219  4,294 Camelback Ranch (13,000)
Colorado Rockies 152,985 17  8,999 13,565  4,255 Salt River Fields (11,000)
Seattle Mariners 135,401 18  7,522 12,358  3,400 Peoria Sports Complex (12,224)
Los Angeles Angels 114,780 17  6,752  9,607  3,227 Tempe Diablo Stadium (9,558)
Cleveland Indians 101,517 16  6,345 11,624  2,364 Goodyear Ballpark (10,311)
Kansas City Royals 98,487 16  6,155  9,197  3,183 Surprise Stadium (10,500)
Oakland A's 102,212 17  6,012 10,606  3,108 Hohokam Stadium (10,000)
Texas Rangers 98,934 17  5,820 11,216  2,426 Surprise Stadium (10,500)
San Diego Padres 92,245 17  5,426 11,194  1,864 Peoria Sports Complex (12,224)
Chicago White Sox 91,698 17  5,394 13,169  2,200 Camelback Ranch (13,000)
Milwaukee Brewers 80,285 16  5,018 10,134  1,806 Maryvale Baseball Park (10,000)
Cincinnati Reds 72,852 17  4,285 11,553  1,422 Goodyear Ballpark (10,311)


Grapefruit League
1,616,872 tickets sold by 15 teams for 258 games (6,267 average)
Team Total Games Average High Low Ballpark (Capacity)
Boston Red Sox 176,320 18 9,796 10,157 8,521 JetBlue Park (10,823)
New York Yankees 156,048 17 9,179 10,872 6,291 Steinbrenner Field (11,076)
Detroit Tigers 127,345 17 7,491  9,704 4,735 Joker Marchant Stadium (9,000)
Philadelphia Phillies 128,236 18 7,124 11,173 4,109 Spectrum Field (8,500)
Baltimore Orioles 119,736 17 7,043  8,171 4,153 Ed Smith Stadium (8,500)
Minnesota Twins 118,145 17 6,950  9,538 4,294 Hammond Stadium (8,730)
Atlanta Braves 120,531 18 6,696  9,439 4,539 Champion Stadium (9,500)
Pittsburgh Pirates 110,495 18 6,139  7,989 4,204 LECOM Park (8,500)
New York Mets 103,351 18 5,742  7,462 3,789 First Data Field (7,160)
St. Louis Cardinals 90,318 16 5,645  7,372 3,939 Roger Dean Stadium (7,000)
Washington Nationals 84,804 16 5,300  7,675 3,975 Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (7,800)
Toronto Blue Jays 81,961 17 4,821  5,512 3,222 FL Auto Exchange Stadium (5,509)
Tampa Bay Rays 81,752 18 4,542  6,513 2,653 Charlotte Sports Park (6,823)
Houston Astros 55,881 15 3,725  7,721 1,987 Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (7,800)
Miami Marlins 61,949 18 3,442  5,084 1,996 Roger Dean Stadium (7,000)


JetBlue Park during a Red Sox-Northeastern exhibition
While not included in official spring training attendance, tickets are also sold (although usually not at full prices) to the handful of exhibitions played between a major league team and what's usually a collegiate squad. For example, the Red Sox play an annual game against Boston-based Northeastern University to begin their spring training schedule at JetBlue Park, an exhibition that 7,608 attended in 2017, when an acknowledged total of 24,267 attended 7 exhibitions in 7 spring training ballparks.



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