Canadian Baseball Attendance, 2016

Canada

Here is my third annual look at baseball attendance across Canada.  Here I cover all levels from Minor League Baseball, independent baseball and collegiate summer leagues.  There are two new teams on this list: the Brooks Bombers and Fort McMurray Giants, both of the Western Major Baseball League.

The figures are the average attendance per game.  An “opening” is a single admission to the ballpark, either it be a single game or a doubleheader.  I also mentioned if average attendance is up or down from last year.

  1. Vancouver Canadians, Northwest League (6177 / 36 openings) – up from 5825
  2. Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Association (4817 / 48 openings) – down from 5284
  3. Okotoks Dawgs, Western Major League (3329 / 23 openings) – up from 2965
  4. Quebec Capitales, Can-Am League (2773 / 53 openings) – up from 2559
  5. Ottawa Champions, Can-Am League (2454 / 52 openings) – up from 2228
  6. Victoria HarbourCats, West Coast League (2239 / 27 openings) – up from 1910
  7. Edmonton Prospects, Western Major League (1820 / 21 openings) – up from 1053
  8. Trois-Rivieres Aigles, Can-Am League (1680 / 47 openings) – down from 1865
  9. Kelowna Falcons, West Coast League (1240 / 26 openings) – up from 948
  10. Lethbridge Bulls, Western Major League (1056 / 23 openings) – down from 1101
  11. Medicine Hat Mavericks, Western Major League (888 / 23 openings) – up from 706
  12. Thunder Bay Border Cats, Northwoods League (826 / 35 openings) – up from 759
  13. Fort McMurray Giants, Western Major League (806 / 22 openings) – new team
  14. Regina Red Sox, Western Major League (643 / 22 openings) – up from 484
  15. Brooks Bombers, Western Major League (421 / 24 openings) – new team
  16. Moose Jaw Miller Express, Western Major League (302 / 24 openings) – down from 316
  17. Swift Current Indians, Western Major League (273 / 22.5 openings) – up from 262
  18. Weyburn Beavers, Western Major League (265 / 24 openings) – up from 244
  19. Yorkton Cardinals, Western Major League (242 / 23 openings) – up from 208
  20. Melville Millionaires, Western Major League (72 / 21 openings) – down from 162

All data is from each league’s website.

Of the 18 teams surveyed in both 2015 & 2016, 14 experienced gains in attendance, while four had lower attendance in 2016.  These are similar numbers to last year, where 13 of 17 experienced increases in attendance.  Only Winnipeg (AA) and Melville (WMBL) went down both years.  It should be noted that due to the wildfires, Fort McMurray played their first half games in Edmonton.  The recent success of the Blue Jays plays a role in these increased numbers, especially in Vancouver as they’re an affiliate of the Jays.

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