Darren Rovell of CNBC has been doing a bit of number crunching, and has discovered that attendance for Major League Baseball this season is down approximately 1% from where it was at this point last season. The American League Central has three teams with lower average attendance figures than they had this time last year, with the Kansas City Royals having been hit particularly hard, seeing an attendance increase of nearly 17% from 2010 to 2011.
The Minnesota Twins, on the other hand, have had no such issue. The allure of the Twins. . .which could be partially due to the state of Minnesota's other sports teams and the fans' desire to support a consistent winner. . .and Target Field have allowed the Twins to actually increase their attendance per game over this time last season. Thus far, the Twins have averaged 38,714 fans per home game, according to Rovell's figures.
Of course, the Twins have only played 5 games at home (as opposed to 14 on the road thus far), and they weren't one of the American League's worst teams when they left. . .well, not to the extent that they are now, anyway. Hopefully the team can turn things around and keep those attendance figures high.