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8/17/12

Minnesota Twins' Minor League Affiliates Attendance Figures

With the Minnesota Twins about to announce another 2-year extension of their Player Development Contract with the Rochester Red Winds of the AAA International League and only their A-level relationship with the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League being an unfinished business, I thought that it might be interesting to look at the average draw of the Twins' affiliates in all levels.

I am listing ticket sold averages for each Minnesota Twins' affiliate from AAA to Rookie Leagues and also indicate the best and the worse sellers in their leagues (as well as their affiliations.)  This does not include yesterday's games.  In GCL and DSL games are free, but those teams are included for completeness.  The cities (if not included in the name) and the states of the affiliates are also listed.

Looks like the Philadelphia Philly affiliates (including the team closest to me Lehigh Valley IronPigs) are leading in ticket sales in every league they are with the Twins.  Other than the Miracle and the E-Twins, that perennially is pretty high in sales for their leagues, all other affiliates are close to the middle.  Beloit being the only exception and this is part of the reason the Twins are looking to change affiliation.

Here are the numbers:

Rochester (NY) Red Wings, AAA, International League

Average Attendance: 5,710
Rank in League: 9th out of 14
League High: 9,083 Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
League Low: 3,613 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

New Britain (CT) Rock Cats, AA, Eastern League

Average Attendance: 4,933
Rank in League: 6th out of 12
League High: 6,265 Reading Phillies
League Low: 2,864 Binghamton Mets

Fort Myers (FL) Miracle, high A, Florida State League

Average Attendance: 1,792
Rank in League: 5th out of 12
League High: 2,558 Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
League Low: 844 Dunedin Blue Jays

Beloit (WI) Snappers, A, Midwest League

Average Attendance: 989
Rank in League: 15 out of 16
League high: 8,512 Dayton Dragons (Reds)
League low: 862 Burlington Bees (Athletics)

Elizabethton (TN) Twins, Rookie, Appalachian League.

Average Attendance: 948
Rank in League: 4th out of 10.
League High: 1,322 Greeneville Astros
League Low: 781 Pulaski Mariners

Gulf Coast League (Fort Myers, FL) Twins, Rookie, Gulf Coast League.

Average Attendance: no formal attendance/ free games
Rank in League: N/A


Dominical Summer League (Boca Chica Baseball City, DR) Twins, Rookie, Dominical Summer League.

Average Attendance: no formal attendance/ free games
Rank in League: N/A


2 comments:

Andrew said...

Good info, Thrylos. Re: Dayton Dragons -- they are statistically an outlier. I'm curious what the 2nd highest in attendance in that league is. From what I have heard/seen, their stadium is one of the best in the minors, and their fan base is incredibly loyal. Tons of season ticket holders, too.

thrylos98 said...

Yes, Dayton indeed is an outlier (as are the Snappers and the Bees...) Interesting enough, Kernels' is also pretty low

Here is Midwest League attendance:


Dayton Dragons
8,514



Fort Wayne TinCaps
5,662



Kane County Cougars
5,375


Lansing Lugnuts
5,035


West Michigan Whitecaps
4,940



Great Lakes Loons
3,520



Lake County Captains
3,517



Quad Cities River Bandits
3,485



Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
3,446



Bowling Green Hot Rods
3,359



Peoria Chiefs
2,767



South Bend Silver Hawks
2,663



Cedar Rapids Kernels
2,291



Clinton LumberKings
1,570



Beloit Snappers
981



Burlington Bees
862