• Loading stock data...
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Register Now for Future of Sports: Cybersecurity

MLB Attendance Pops Up, But Falls Below 2019 Levels

  • MLB attendance rose from 2021, but still lagged behind 2019 levels.
  • The league expects revenue to top 2019's $10.7 billion.
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball attendance was still down in 2022 from its pre-pandemic marks — but there’s hope that the hangover won’t last. 

A total of 64,556,678 announced fans attended MLB regular-season games in 2022, bringing the per-game average to 26,843.

  • The league showed marked improvement from 2021’s 18,901 per game, when crowds were restricted in many stadiums.
  • Attendance this season was down 5.7% compared to 2019’s 68.5 million — 28,339 per game — a drop that MLB chief revenue officer Noah Garden attributed to pandemic caution early in the season. 
  • Even before the pandemic, MLB attendance was on a steady decline from 2007’s peak of 79.5 million fans.

It wasn’t all bad news for MLB: The league is expected to top 2019’s $10.7 billion in revenue.

Playoff Bump

With the postseason’s four wild card series starting on Friday, MLB could get a strong boost. The eight top-drawing teams all made the playoffs..

The league is debuting a new playoff format this season, with six teams in each league qualifying for the postseason —two receive first-round byes, while the remaining four will play best-of-three series.

Disney holds the broadcast rights to the first round as part of its seven-year extension with MLB signed last year. Games will appear on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

MLB Arizona

MLB Seeks Minimum Wage Exemption in Arizona

The system is for minor league players due to a previously agreed-on labor agreement.

MLB Uniform Furor: Lighter, More Flexible … and See-Through

See-through uniform pants create a social media stir, extending blowback on the new design.

‘Treated Like Children’: College Football Players Offered $600 to Be in Video Game, No Royalties

Players may be receiving lower than the industry standard with the video game’s return.
A Bundesliga camera operator during a match

Fan Power in European Soccer Grows As German Football Deal Scuttled 

Weeks of increasingly strident protests lead to end of proposed private equity deal.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

The Company That’s Selling Inspiration


Featured Today

Sabrina-Steph Wasn’t the ‘Battle of the Sexes’—But It Was Part of the Bigger War

The competition could play a factor in increasing the WNBA’s media value.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23), in a Star Wars rebel alliance X-wing fighter pilot-inspired race suit, motions to the crowd to get louder during the driver introductions for the Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale on Nov. 5, 2023.
February 17, 2024

Celebrity Owners, International Ambitions, and $7B Media Deals: Welcome to the New NASCAR

NASCAR boldly keeps pace with the increasingly competitive sports and entertainment world.
February 16, 2024

Wilson Introduced an Airless Basketball for $2,500. We Had Questions

The black, 3D-printed ball appeared in last year’s Slam Dunk Contest.
Emily Henegar, a baker and content creator, made a batch of NFL-inspired cookies featuring Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce.
February 11, 2024

The ‘Life-Changing’ Economy of Taylor Swift’s NFL Outfits

Appearing in Swift’s game-day wardrobe has been “life-changing” for small businesses.


Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Finance Manager
New York, NY
Senior Technical Artist - Sports Technology
EA Sports
Orlando, FL
Assistant Manager, Affiliate Operations
Portland, OR
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.

Live Sports Are Now High-Tech Experiences

Oracle is leading the technology revolution happening in stadiums across the world.

How QuintEvents is Changing the Game of Premium Fan Experiences

Over the last decade, we’ve seen a noticeable shift in the psyche…
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.
July 20, 2022

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.