The Dodgers officially passed the 3 million mark for home attendance in 2019. On Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 3 million mark was achieved for the eighth straight season, and 33rd time since moving to Los Angeles.
Dodgers surpassed 3 million in attendance tonight, earliest in franchise history.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 10, 2019
Perhaps most surprisingly, according to Elias Sports Bureau, August 9th was the earliest date the Dodgers surpassed the 3 million mark, besting the mark of August 17 set back in 2007.
From the Dodgers directly, they add this note:
It also took the fewest games to reach the attendance mark (62 games), the previous mark was 64 games, in both 2007 and 2015.
Through play on Saturday, the total attendance sits at 3,069,080 in 2019.
Three (Million’s) A Crowd
The Dodgers have also lead MLB in home attendance for 6 years straight. They continue in 2019 to lead MLB, with an average attendance of 48,725. In a year where the media and fans continue to discuss and lament low attendance, the Dodgers continue to draw in excellent crowds. Obviously, the idea that a perennially competitive team makes it easier to draw in crowds than a bad one in rebuilding stage is clear. Still, the Dodgers attendance is a shining star for MLB.
The Road Ahead
Regardless of what October holds, the Dodger attendance will not likely suffer in 2020. The Dodgers already announced ambitious renovations for 2020. The prices have notably gone up for season ticket holders, and single game tickets will likely spike, but Dodger fans loyalty will likely keep Chavez Ravine full. The talented youth on the Dodgers means competitive is not like to be an issue for many years.