Charlotte, Round Rock Jockey For First In Minor League Attendance

Do minor league teams care about whether or not they lead their sport in attendance? Absolutely. Being the top-drawing team in minor league baseball provides another way to market yourself to your fanbase, advertisers and sponsors. It also provides a little extra bragging rights.

Do teams follow the attendance standings daily, tracking how they compare with their peers? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.

Attendance is hardly an exact science and not all teams calculate it the same way—actual fannies in the seats vs. paid (and comp) tickets. One Minor League Baseball official once told me that teams are allowed leeway in how they determine their attendance so long as they follow the same method throughout the season.

No matter how you add it up, this season is particularly exciting. With a little more than a month to go, the Charlotte Knights (International League) and Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast) are in a near deadlock for the top spot in minor league attendance. Through Tuesday’s games, the Knights lead the Express by a mere 50 fans in average attendance. Each team had 49 openings this season, with Charlotte tallying an 8,898 per-game average compared to Round Rock’s 8,848 average . . . I know!!

Charlotte Knights BB&T Ballpark
Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark.

Charlotte’s numbers won’t change this week since the team is in the midst of a six-game road trip and doesn’t return to BB&T Ballpark until Monday. They’re coming off a seven-game homestand in which they averaged 9,144 fans per game.

Round Rock Express Dell Diamond
Round Rock’s Dell Diamond

Round Rock, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to make up some ground this week. The Express returned home to the Dell Diamond this past Tuesday after completing a seven-game road trip. They drew 8,342 in their first game back—not bad for a Tuesday. Tune in next week to see if they overtake the Knights.

Nashville, Columbus and Indianapolis round out the top five in attendance. Dayton, at No. 8, is the only non-Triple-A team to rank in the top 10. The top 20 teams ranked by average follows below.

Top 20 Minor League AttendanceĀ 

The top 20 teams in minor league attendance on July 24.

Average Attendance For Every Minor League Team

Team Total Openings Average
Charlotte Knights 435,991 49 8,898
Round Rock Express 433,554 49 8,848
Nashville Sounds 437,344 51 8,575
Columbus Clippers 394,646 47 8,397
Indianapolis Indians 395,005 48 8,229
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 394,448 48 8,218
Albuquerque Isotopes 407,892 52 7,844
Dayton Dragons 382,947 49 7,815
El Paso Chihuahuas 388,188 51 7,612
Sacramento River Cats 361,345 48 7,528
Buffalo Bisons 347,978 47 7,404
Durham Bulls 373,388 51 7,321
Iowa Cubs 334,851 48 6,976
Toledo Mud Hens 354,665 51 6,954
Frisco RoughRiders 344,307 50 6,886
Oklahoma City Dodgers 316,000 48 6,583
Louisville Bats 328,635 51 6,444
Rochester Red Wings 281,978 45 6,266
Fresno Grizzlies 294,358 47 6,263
Vancouver Canadians 117,239 19 6,170
Salt Lake Bees 290,777 48 6,058
Birmingham Barons 292,716 49 5,974
Richmond Flying Squirrels 246,937 42 5,879
Hartford Yard Goats 286,025 50 5,721
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 261,167 46 5,678
Portland Sea Dogs 235,779 43 5,483
Pawtucket Red Sox 249,724 46 5,429
Fort Wayne TinCaps 274,895 51 5,390
Reading Fightin Phils 277,866 52 5,344
Tulsa Drillers 258,713 49 5,280
Brooklyn Cyclones 99,809 19 5,253
West Michigan Whitecaps 228,309 44 5,189
Kane County Cougars 231,553 45 5,146
Memphis Redbirds 255,635 50 5,113
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 234,629 46 5,101
Spokane Indians 96,462 19 5,077
Norfolk Tides 231,201 46 5,026
Omaha Storm Chasers 234,207 47 4,983
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 228,109 46 4,959
Tacoma Rainiers 251,465 51 4,931
Akron RubberDucks 240,150 49 4,901
Reno Aces 253,511 52 4,875
Greenville Drive 222,019 46 4,827
Greensboro Grasshoppers 239,793 50 4,796
Corpus Christi Hooks 239,680 50 4,794
Trenton Thunder 249,255 52 4,793
Springfield Cardinals 229,896 48 4,790
Las Vegas 51s 232,234 49 4,739
Tennessee Smokies 224,573 48 4,679
San Antonio Missions 229,037 49 4,674
South Bend Cubs 228,667 50 4,573
Lakewood BlueClaws 195,173 43 4,539
Lexington Legends 206,194 46 4,482
Lansing Lugnuts 228,731 52 4,399
Charleston RiverDogs 206,065 47 4,384
Arkansas Travelers 205,509 47 4,373
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 218,648 50 4,373
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 212,862 49 4,344
Winston-Salem Dash 204,398 48 4,258
Altoona Curve 195,098 46 4,241
Augusta GreenJackets 178,283 44 4,052
New Orleans Baby Cakes 186,111 46 4,046
Midland RockHounds 193,991 48 4,041
Harrisburg Senators 184,427 46 4,009
Frederick Keys 197,506 50 3,950
Syracuse Chiefs 177,428 45 3,943
Columbia Fireflies 193,083 49 3,940
Hudson Valley Renegades 65,867 17 3,875
Tri-City ValleyCats 69,273 18 3,849
Potomac Nationals 164,868 44 3,747
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 168,150 45 3,737
Wilmington Blue Rocks 168,174 45 3,737
Montgomery Biscuits 178,213 50 3,564
Binghamton Rumble Ponies 161,331 46 3,507
Ogden Raptors 62,809 18 3,489
Lowell Spinners 44,840 13 3,449
Eugene Emeralds 65,014 19 3,422
Bowie Baysox 160,511 47 3,415
Aberdeen IronBirds 67,555 20 3,378
Chattanooga Lookouts 162,006 48 3,375
Hillsboro Hops 63,991 19 3,368
Boise Hawks 62,995 19 3,316
Gwinnett Stripers 149,075 46 3,241
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 144,512 46 3,142
Myrtle Beach Pelicans 156,344 50 3,127
Lake Elsinore Storm 164,277 54 3,042
State College Spikes 57,775 19 3,041
Peoria Chiefs 138,927 46 3,020
Lake County Captains 140,544 47 2,990
Delmarva Shorebirds 141,924 48 2,957
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 46,625 16 2,914
Quad Cities River Bandits 150,099 52 2,887
Idaho Falls Chukars 51,425 18 2,857
Everett AquaSox 53,572 19 2,820
Erie SeaWolves 126,720 45 2,816
Pulaski Yankees 42,159 15 2,811
Inland Empire 66ers 133,664 48 2,785
Clearwater Threshers 141,947 51 2,783
Billings Mustangs 47,162 17 2,774
Carolina Mudcats 132,546 48 2,761
Asheville Tourists 119,131 44 2,708
Salem Red Sox 124,380 46 2,704
Stockton Ports 143,051 53 2,699
Bowling Green Hot Rods 115,464 43 2,685
Great Lakes Loons 121,165 47 2,578
Biloxi Shuckers 120,322 47 2,560
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 135,969 54 2,518
Johnson City Cardinals 36,809 15 2,454
Connecticut Tigers 43,717 18 2,429
Grand Junction Rockies 45,901 19 2,416
Tri-City Dust Devils 44,693 19 2,352
Rome Braves 105,701 45 2,349
Mississippi Braves 113,245 49 2,311
Vermont Lake Monsters 34,089 15 2,273
Modesto Nuts 105,721 48 2,203
Lancaster JetHawks 103,376 48 2,154
Cedar Rapids Kernels 103,081 48 2,148
Williamsport Crosscutters 38,217 18 2,123
West Virginia Black Bears 31,327 15 2,088
Missoula Osprey 32,337 16 2,021
Daytona Tortugas 86,751 43 2,017
Staten Island Yankees 40,279 20 2,014
San Jose Giants 94,720 48 1,973
Fort Myers Miracle 93,080 48 1,939
Hickory Crawdads 89,128 48 1,857
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 35,035 19 1,844
West Virginia Power 81,105 44 1,843
Down East Wood Ducks 82,641 45 1,836
Lynchburg Hillcats 83,022 48 1,730
Visalia Rawhide 91,802 54 1,700
Great Falls Voyagers 26,827 16 1,677
Charlotte Stone Crabs 72,739 44 1,653
Clinton LumberKings 79,001 48 1,646
Jackson Generals 78,665 48 1,639
St. Lucie Mets 71,891 46 1,563
Greeneville Reds 23,223 15 1,548
Orem Owlz 24,900 19 1,311
Auburn Doubledays 20,442 16 1,278
Bradenton Marauders 64,722 52 1,245
Mobile BayBears 55,518 46 1,207
Burlington Royals 16,386 14 1,170
Tampa Tarpons 52,579 46 1,143
Kannapolis Intimidators 46,755 41 1,140
Danville Braves 21,290 19 1,121
Hagerstown Suns 42,591 40 1,065
Palm Beach Cardinals 44,509 45 989
Kingsport Mets 15,821 16 989
Lakeland Flying Tigers 39,908 42 950
Bristol Pirates 13,338 15 889
Jupiter Hammerheads 39,035 44 887
Burlington Bees 33,853 40 846
Beloit Snappers 37,840 45 841
Princeton Rays 10,786 13 830
Helena Brewers 14,113 17 830
Batavia Muckdogs 14,411 18 801
Bluefield Blue Jays 12,512 18 695
Florida Fire Frogs 26,795 40 670
Elizabethton Twins 8,284 13 637
Dunedin Blue Jays 24,049 49 491
Buies Creek Astros 18,177 52 350

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