MLB Attendance Drops 1.1 Percent During 2016 Season
(Photo By Werner Kunz)
Late starting times, four-hour long games, and a slow recovery from 'The Great Recession' have all likely contributed to a drop in Major League Baseball attendance. During the 2016 regular season just completed, the 30 MLB teams drew 73,159,044 fans to their ballparks—down 1.1% from 2015. The 30,169 average game attendance was down from 30,517 last year. The Red Sox drew 2,955,434—up 74,740 from 2015. Boston's showing was the eighth best overall attendance in MLB. The per-game average for The Carmine Hose was 36,487. That was up from 35,564 who showed up at Fenway for the last-place Red Sox of 2015.