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Braves averaged 31,500 fans per game in 2018, up more than 500 from last year | News

Thanks to an exciting team competing for the playoffs this season, the Atlanta Braves’ notched an average attendance of 31,552 per game at SunTrust Park, up more than 500 from 2017.

As of Friday morning, Atlanta ranked 11th in attendance among the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, according to ESPN.com. Some teams still have home games this season, however, so that ranking could change. The Braves played their final home game of the regular season on Sunday.

Here’s how attendance has changed since the Braves moved to Cobb County according to data from ESPN:

  • In 2016, the final year at Turner Field in Atlanta, average attendance was 24,949, ranking them 22nd in the MLB, and total attendance was 2,020,914.
  • In 2017, the first season at SunTrust Park, average attendance jumped to 30,929, good for 13th in the league, and total attendance grew to 2,505,252.
  • In 2018, average attendance increased to 31,552 and total attendance rose to 2,555,781.

MLB attendance is measured by the number of tickets sold, not the number of tickets scanned at the gates.

SunTrust Park’s largest attendance this season was 42,143 on Saturday, August 18, the third game of a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, according to data from ESPN.

The game with the lowest attendance was the first game of a double header against the Miami Marlins on Monday, August 13, when just 16,049 tickets were sold.

According to attendance figures on ESPN.com, 11 MLB clubs have a higher attendance than the Braves as of Friday morning. Leading the MLB in average attendance is the L.A. Dodgers with 47,033, followed by the New York Yankees with 42,998, St. Louis with 42,019, San Francisco with 38,758 and the Chicago Cubs with 38,758. These five teams also led the league in average attendance in 2017.

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