By Alfred Branch, Jr. While it may sting to be a New York Mets fan these days following the team’s epic collapse down the...

By Alfred Branch, Jr.

While it may sting to be a New York Mets fan these days following the team’s epic collapse down the stretch this season, it sure doesn’t hurt to be the Wilpon family, owners of the underachieving franchise. The team, and all of Major League Baseball, saw its overall attendance grow significantly from 2006 to 2007, and the Mets were one of eight teams that broke its own team record for attendance.

Overall, the Mets were third in league attendance in 2007, drawing 3.85 million fans to Shea Stadium, up nearly 14 percent over 2006, according to MLB. Leading the way, and drawing more than 4 million fans for the third straight year, were the New York Yankees with 4.27 million fans, up 1.6 percent over 2006. In second place were the Los Angeles Dodgers, which drew 3.86 million fans in 2007, up 2.6 percent from the previous year.

For all 30 MLB teams combined, total attendance reached 79.5 million in 2007, up 4.5 percent from 76 million in 2006. The Yankees, Dodgers and Mets all set new franchise attendance records, and the other five were the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals . . .

2007 MLB Attendance Report

2007 – Attendance

Home

Road

Overall

RNK

TEAM

GMS

TOTAL

AVG

PCT

GMS

AVG

PCT

GMS

AVG

PCT

1

NY Yankees

81

4,271,867

52,739

91.8

80

37,227

83.4

161

45,031

88.1

2

LA Dodgers

81

3,856,753

47,614

85.0

81

33,252

74.0

162

40,433

80.1

3

NY Mets

81

3,853,955

47,579

82.9

81

35,885

79.5

162

41,732

81.4

4

St. Louis

81

3,552,166

43,853

93.6

81

33,019

75.5

162

38,436

84.9

5

LA Angels

81

3,365,632

41,551

92.2

81

31,208

68.0

162

36,379

80.0

6

Chicago Cubs

81

3,252,462

40,153

97.7

81

36,053

80.3

162

38,103

88.6

7

San Francisco

81

3,223,202

39,792

95.8

80

35,579

77.3

161

37,699

86.1

8

Philadelphia

81

3,108,331

38,374

88.2

81

32,837

72.0

162

35,605

79.9

9

Detroit

81

3,047,124

37,618

93.8

81

30,849

68.3

162

34,234

80.3

10

Houston

81

3,020,405

37,288

91.1

81

32,683

73.3

162

34,986

81.8

11

Boston

81

2,970,755

36,675

101.4

81

38,641

81.5

162

37,658

90.1

12

Milwaukee

81

2,869,144

35,421

83.5

81

32,337

73.0

162

33,879

78.1

13

San Diego

81

2,790,074

34,445

81.0

81

34,013

73.2

162

34,229

77.0

14

Atlanta

81

2,745,203

33,891

67.7

81

33,821

75.3

162

33,856

71.3

15

Chicago Sox

81

2,684,395

33,140

81.6

81

29,138

65.6

162

31,139

73.3

16

Seattle

81

2,672,409

32,992

69.1

79

32,938

72.6

160

32,965

70.8

17

Texas

79

2,353,862

29,795

60.7

80

28,787

66.9

159

29,288

63.6

18

Toronto

81

2,360,648

29,143

57.7

81

31,228

68.3

162

30,186

62.7

19

Colorado

81

2,327,846

28,738

57.0

81

33,750

74.1

162

31,244

65.1

20

Arizona

81

2,316,507

28,598

58.3

81

34,387

74.6

162

31,493

66.2

21

Cleveland

80

2,275,911

28,448

65.6

81

29,453

66.7

161

28,954

66.2

22

Minnesota

81

2,296,383

28,350

58.2

81

30,877

69.9

162

29,614

63.8

23

Baltimore

80

2,164,822

27,060

56.2

81

30,547

66.4

161

28,814

61.2

24

Cincinnati

81

2,056,453

25,388

60.4

80

33,799

76.1

161

29,567

68.4

25

Washington

81

1,961,579

24,217

53.5

81

31,417

68.3

162

27,817

61.0

26

Oakland

81

1,921,844

23,726

54.3

81

32,709

71.4

162

28,217

63.1

27

Pittsburgh

79

1,749,142

22,141

57.7

81

34,880

76.9

160

28,590

68.2

28

Kansas City

81

1,616,867

19,961

48.9

81

29,057

64.4

162

24,509

57.1

29

Tampa Bay

81

1,389,031

17,148

40.7

81

31,591

68.2

162

24,370

55.1

30

Florida

81

1,370,511

16,919

46.6

81

31,313

67.7

162

24,116

58.4

Source ESPN.com

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