In 2017, total attendance for Minor League Baseball in Tampa Bay was 412,212. In total, 260 Florida State League games were played between Bradenton, Clearwater, Dunedin, and Tampa.
412,212 was an increase of 20,128 over 2016’s attendance of 392,084. While attendance increased, 2017’s attendance was still the second lowest Tampa Bay area Minor League total since the Bradenton Marauders began play in 2010.
The following shows Tampa Bay area Minor League attendance totals since 2005:
Since 2005, almost 5 million tickets have been sold for Minor League Baseball in Tampa Bay.
Returning to 2017, here is how Minor League attendance fared throughout the season. Local Florida State League regular season games started on April 6th and ended on September 2nd.
The large attendance spike in the middle is the July 3-5th weekend. Each local team had a fireworks display that was among their highest draws of the year. The attendance spike on the right in mid-August was when St Lucie Met Tim Tebow visited the Tampa Yankees and Clearwater Threshers. Each team saw an influx of fans hoping to see the ex-NFL quarterback in action.
I’ll break down each team later on this week, but here is the overall trends for each of the four local Florida State League teams:
The following graph depicts the above chart:
Attendance Per Game
The following graph depicts the above chart.
A few things we will discuss in a later post:
- Clearwater’s increase
- Dunedin’s decrease
- Bradenton’s missing games
- The Tebow Effect
- Where the four Tampa Bay Minor League teams rank nationally