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MiLB attendance up in 2012 over 2011
Total exceeds 41 million fans for eighth straight year
09/12/2012 3:00 PM ET
Action like walk-off grand slams kept MiLB fans enthused in 2012.
Action like walk-off grand slams kept MiLB fans enthused in 2012. (Mike Andruski/High Desert Mavs)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ announced today that its clubs attracted 41,279,382 regular season fans this year. This season's total represents an increase over 2011 and marks the eighth year in a row that the industry has topped 41 million fans.

"On behalf of our 15 leagues and 176 clubs, I would like to say thank you to the more than 41 million fans that, once again, supported our great game this season," Minor League Baseball president, Pat O'Conner, said. "I know our clubs will work hard this offseason to find ways to continue to provide affordable entertainment for their communities and maintain the attendance boom that Minor League Baseball has seen over the last decade, thanks to our enthusiastic and loyal fans, in 2013."

The Triple-A® Lehigh Valley IronPigs topped all clubs based in the domestic leagues in total attendance for the second consecutive year (622,421) and in average crowd for the third straight season (9,153). For the eighth year in a row, the Frisco RoughRiders paced all Double-A® clubs in total (488,224) and average attendance (7,076).

The Class A® Dayton Dragons, who extended their consecutive sellout streak record for a professional sports team to 913 games this season, averaged 8,532 fans a game in attracting 588,689. They have paced their classification every year in both categories since they began play in 2000. Likewise, the Brooklyn Cyclones, who drew 249,009 fans for an average of 6,553, have led all Short Season-A™ and Rookie® clubs in attendance and average per game since their first year in 2001.

The Monterrey Sultans of the Mexican League led all Minor League Baseball clubs in attendance (645,302) and average crowd (11,321) this season.

2012 Attendance by League
International -- 6,504,586
Pacific Coast -- 6,796,157
Mexican -- 3,814,348
Eastern -- 3,791,241
Southern -- 2,152,852
Texas -- 2,834,864
California -- 1,582,174
Carolina -- 1,876,081
Florida State -- 1,215,020
Midwest -- 4,084,343
South Atlantic -- 3,056,097
New York-Penn -- 1,701,001
Northwest -- 896,781
Appalachian -- 278,785
Pioneer -- 695,052
Total 41,279,382

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