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Dodgers Attendance Rises as MLB Attendance Falls

The Dodgers consistently rank in the top three in attendance numbers every season.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: A general view of the field taken during the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Dodger fans are amazing and that genuinely is not a biased statement to make. The numbers show it. Despite increasing ticket prices, concession prices steadily climbing, and parking also becoming a substantial expense at Chavez Ravine, Dodger fans continue to come to the ballpark and root on the Boys in Blue.

This season, the Dodgers topped the rest of Major League Baseball in attendance by a wide margin. The Dodgers had almost 4 million fans attend games this season for an average of 49,061 fans per home game. The next best was the St. Louis Cardinals — very impressive for a small market, albeit a great baseball town — with almost 3.5 million fans in attendance for an average of 42,968 fans per game.

Here are the top five teams in MLB attendance, courtesy of NBC Sports.

The actual attendance rate was astounding in comparison to the rest of Major League Baseball. The Dodgers accounted for 5.8 percent of all MLB attendance. With thirty MLB teams, their fair share would have been 3.3 percent. They almost doubled that. Simply put, the attendance numbers are a credit to an amazing fan base that shows up year in and year out despite the heartbreak.

Moreover, with a 106 win season in 2019, the team set an all time franchise attendance record at home. It was the seventh consecutive season that the Dodgers led the Majors in home attendance, and represented the tenth largest single-season mark in Major League history.

As Major League Baseball attendance has gone down the past three seasons, the Dodgers’ attendance numbers are on the rise.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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    • Exactly. $8 billion TV deal that few can see? Guggenheim wins regardless. They have the power to change the TV contract as they are the other half of the contract, but they won’t.

  1. Need to stop going if you want real change. They’re making their money so there’s no need to change managers change philosophies or get better players. Just putting together teams that create hope is good enough and puts people in the seats and paying for parking and food. Fans need to stop going and voice the reasons why so ownership will give us what we want but don’t come back until you actually get it

    • That’s another reason why they will not spend 100 million on a player. The fans still come to the stadium. Even if they do not win a world series.

  2. Sometimes I feel as if the front office would be satisfied, even if the Dodgers didn’t make the play-offs, as long as they keep getting nearly 4 million fans into the stadium during the regular season every year to pay the bills. As long as we Dodger fans keep coming through the turnstiles, to the tune of 47,000+ every home game, paying those high prices for tickets, parking, and food at the Ravine, nothing much is going to change. The attitude of management seems to be: “why change anything!” “Those “suckers” will keep coming out to games and hoping for a championship, no matter what we do or whether we win a World Series Championship or not!”
    L.A. loves the Dodgers and will support the team no matter what management does. Too bad the management doesn’t love the fans equally as much, and do what needs to be done to bring a championship to L.A.: (spend some money on quality free agents, trade some prospects to get key players, hire a manager who won’t choke under play-off pressure). If management really cares about the fans, then do more than just talk a good game about “all we’re doing to bring a championship to this team.” Those of us that supported the team during the McCourt era, were forever frustrated with the quality of players that came to the Dodgers through free-agency or trades. There was almost never any money spent on quality players. Now, when the Oppenheim group seems to have an unlimited supply of money, the management is still afraid of spending it for the kind of players we need in order to bring a World Series Championship to Los Angeles.

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