• Loading stock data...
Sunday, May 19, 2024

MLB Attendance Figures Continue to Trend Downward

  • MLB attendance is on a long-term downward trend, including a 5% drop from 2019.
  • The league has averaged 26,409 tickets sold per game in 2022.
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The All-Star Break is typically a time for MLB teams to take stock of their situations, and the league is doing the same, starting with one glaring issue: declining attendance.

The league averaged 26,409 tickets sold per game in the first half of the season, down 5% compared to the same period in 2019. 

  • Should the trend hold, this year would be the eighth in a row in which MLB attendance dropped, not counting 2020 and 2021, in which attendance was severely limited due to pandemic-related restrictions.
  • A 5% decline in attendance would be the largest since the 6.9% dip in 2009.

Compared to last season, when many teams restricted ticket sales, attendance is up 113%.

Manfred Speaks

No team’s attendance has tumbled more since 2019 than that of the Oakland A’s, who drew an average of 20,521 that year and have so far averaged an MLB-low 8,637 this season.

“The condition of the Coliseum is a really serious problem for us,” Manfred said Tuesday, referring to the A’s RingCentral Coliseum. “It is not a major league-quality facility at this point.”

He noted that A’s owner John Fisher must either make a deal with the city of Oakland on a new $12 billion ballpark and surrounding development — or relocate.

Manfred also said that he believes the Tampa Bay Rays may be best suited for Tampa, as opposed to their current home in neighboring St. Petersburg, but there are a number of factors at play.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Mets Owner Faces Backlash After Tweet Sparks Trade Speculation

Mets owner Steve Cohen is walking back a now deleted tweet that further riled an impatient fan base.

DSG’s Path to Revival Faces Major Pushback from MLB, NBA, and NHL

Three major pro leagues raise further concerns about the bankrupt Bally Sports parent.

MLB Slams Bally Sports Parent, Calls Blackout of Several Teams ‘Harmful’

The league blasts the bankrupt Bally Sports parent in a new court filing.

Amazon’s Upfront: What It Reveals About the Company’s Sports Plans

The online retail and streaming giant announces plans for a new set of sports films.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

MLB, NBA, NHL Broadcasting Future Goes to Court


Featured Today

Michael Block signs autographs on the 18th hole during day three of practice for the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

‘I Prefer It This Way’: How Life Works for PGA Club Pros

Here’s how life works for the qualifiers at golf’s second major.
February 5, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; The grounds of the Capitol Building empty out following the conclusion of President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech on February 5, 2019.
May 18, 2024

‘A Breathtaking Lobbying Campaign’: The NCAA’s Sophisticated Effort to Save Amateurism

Inside the carefully coordinated, multimillion-dollar operation to end the athletes’ rights era.
May 14, 2024

The WNBA Was Forged in Houston. Why Won’t It Go Back There?

Houston’s a perfect fit for expansion. The league isn’t considering it yet.
May 9, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) stands with the team during the national anthem on Thursday, May 9, 2024, during the preseason game against the Atlanta Dream at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
May 12, 2024

‘Perfect Storm’: The Rise of Local WNBA Broadcast Pacts

With national attention reaching new heights, regional coverage could dictate the future.


Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Live Nation
Multiple - USA Careers
Multiple - USA Careers
Multiple - USA Careers
FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid in Texas.

FC Barcelona, Real Madrid Set AT&T Stadium Soccer Attendance Record

Sixth Street organized the match as part its U.S. Soccer Champions Tour.
November 14, 2022

Vegas Resorts Going All Out for Formula 1 Grand Prix

MGM Resorts will build a grandstand for the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
A young fan holds a sign for Julio Rodriguez during the 2023 MLB Home Run Derby.
July 12, 2023

MLB Median Ticket Buyer Down to 43 Years Old

Games are shorter and higher scoring thanks to new rules.

Major League Rugby’s Vision for American Rugby

How Major League Rugby is leading the Rugby renaissance in the U.S.

How QuintEvents is Changing the Game of Premium Fan Experiences

Over the last decade, we’ve seen a noticeable shift in the psyche…
October 7, 2022

MLB Attendance Pops Up, But Falls Below 2019 Levels

MLB attendance rose from 2021, but still lagged behind 2019 levels.
September 16, 2022

Baron Davis, Michele Roberts Help Launch Fan Controlled Hoops

The league will begin its inaugural season on Feb. 7, 2023 in Atlanta.

Webinar: How to Improve the Fan Experience at the Stadium and Online

Learn how pro sports teams are improving the fan experience.