Canadian Baseball Attendance, 2018

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Here is my fifth annual look at baseball attendance across Canada.  Here I cover all levels from Minor League Baseball, independent baseball and collegiate summer leagues.

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 mention if average attendance is up or down from last year.

  1. Vancouver Canadians, Northwest League (6292 / 38 openings), down from 6303
  2. Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Association (4477 / 49 openings), down from 5880
  3. Okotoks Dawgs, Western Major Baseball League (3676 / 22 openings), down from 4104
  4. Quebec Capitales, Can-Am League (2386 / 53 openings), down from 2838
  5. Victoria HarbourCats, West Coast League (2318 / 27 openings), up from 1899
  6. Edmonton Prospects, Western Major Baseball League (2053 / 22 openings), up from 1670
  7. Trois-Rivieres Aigles, Can-Am League (1869 / 49 openings), up from 1617
  8. Ottawa Champions, Can-Am League (1831 / 51 openings), down from 1971
  9. Kelowna Falcons, West Coast League (1025 / 27 openings), down from 1129
  10. Lethbridge Bulls, Western Major Baseball League (1022 / 24 openings), up from 992
  11. Medicine Hat Mavericks, Western Major Baseball League (900 / 24 openings), up from 736
  12. Thunder Bay Border Cats, Northwoods League (823 / 35 openings), up from 762
  13. Regina Red Sox, Western Major Baseball League (732 / 22 openings), up from 578
  14. Fort McMurray Giants, Western Major Baseball League (578 / 24 openings), down from 618
  15. Swift Current 57s, Western Major Baseball League (390 / 24 openings), down from 469
  16. Moose Jaw Miller Express, Western Major Baseball League (351 / 23 openings), up from 340
  17. Weyburn Beavers, Western Major Baseball League (299 / 24 openings), down from 302
  18. Yorkton Cardinals, Western Major Baseball League (184 / 22 openings), down from 192
  19. Brooks Bombers, Western Major Baseball League (181 / 24 openings), down from 271
  20. Melville Millionaires, Western Major Baseball League (124 / 23 openings), down from 126

The Intercounty League has data on only two clubs.  The London Majors averaged 1324 over 18 dates and the Hamilton Cardinals averaged 187 over 18 dates.

All data is from each league’s website.

Of the 20 high level baseball teams in Canada (not counting the Blue Jays), eight gained attendance from 2016.  The attendance for the other 12 went down (nobody had the exact same attendance).  The top four teams all experienced decreases in attendance from 2017.

Next season, the WMBL will change its name to the Western Canadian Baseball League.  Also, Brandon will join the Expedition League (summer college).

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