Category: Top Minor Leagues

USL 1st Division Attendance 2006 to 2010

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) was a professional men’s soccer league in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2010. During its existence, it formed the second tier of soccer in the United States and Canada league pyramid behind Major League Soccer.

In 2010, there was a split and brief partnering. The USL-1 and a collection of teams calling themselves the new North American Soccer League agreed to play together for one year under a new league called the USSF Division 2 Professional League. In 2011, the North American Soccer League separated and the teams that remained in the USL-1 merged with the USL Second Division USL Pro.

 

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
USL First Division (AAA) Association Football 2006 12 (9 USA 3 CAN) untracked 168 untracked 783,862 untracked 4,666 untracked kenn.com
USL First Division (AAA) Association Football 2007 12 (10 USA 2 CAN) 0.00% 168 0.00% 802,100 2.33% 4,774 2.31% kenn.com
USL First Division (AAA) Association Football 2008 11 (9 USA 2 CAN) -8.33% 165 -1.79% 852,001 6.22% 5,164 8.17% kenn.com
USL First Division (AAA) Association Football 2009 11 (9 USA 2 CAN) 0.00% 165 0.00% 777,022 -8.80% 4,709 -8.81% kenn.com
USSF D2 Pro League (AAA) Association Football 2010 12 (10 USA 2 CAN) 9.09% 180 9.09% 800,809 3.06% 4,449 -5.52% kenn.com

 

USL First Division was the United States and Canada’s second division for professional men’s outdoor soccer. As indicated by its name, the players and other personnel in the USL-1 strove to play and work in the top tier of pro soccer, the MLS.

Pacific Coast League Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is an affiliated Triple-A professional baseball league founded in 1903. It operates in the West United States and has had teams in Canada in the past. It serves mostly in cities not served by MLB teams or their other minor league affiliates.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2006 to 2013.

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
Pacific Coast League (AAA) Baseball 2006 16 USA untracked 1119 untracked 7,413,505 untracked 6,625 untracked http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
Pacific Coast League (AAA) Baseball 2007 16 USA 0.00% 1120 0.09% 7,420,095 0.09% 6,625 0.00% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
Pacific Coast League (AAA) Baseball 2008 16 USA 0.00% 1110 -0.90% 7,219,356 -2.71% 6,504 -1.83% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Pacific Coast League (AAA) Baseball 2009 16 USA 0.00% 1120 0.90% 7,133,386 -1.19% 6,369 -2.08% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Pacific Coast League (AAA) Baseball 2010 16 USA 0.00% 1112 -0.71% 7,032,545 -1.41% 6,324 -0.71% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Pacific Coast League (AAA) Baseball 2011 16 USA 0.00% 1125 1.16% 6,925,290 -1.53% 6,156 -2.66% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Pacific Coast League (AAA) Baseball 2012 16 USA 0.00% 1123 -0.18% 6,796,157 -1.86% 6,052 -1.69% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
Pacific Coast League (AAA) Baseball 2013 16 USA 0.00% 1119 -0.35% 6,763,683 -0.48% 6,044 -0.13% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf

 

Triple-A (or Class AAA) is the highest level of play in Minor League Baseball in the United States and Mexico. Before 2008, Triple-A leagues also fielded teams in Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the Triple-A International League (IL) and Pacific Coast League (PCL), with 14 teams in the IL and 16 in the PCL. The MLB-independent Mexican League fields 16 teams.

Interleague play between the International League and Pacific Coast League occurs twice each season. In September each league’s regular season champions play each other in the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game to determine an overall champion of Triple-A baseball.

International League Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The International League (IL) is an affiliated Triple-A professional baseball league founded in 1884. It operates in the Eastern United States and has had teams in Canada in the past. It serves mostly in cities not served by MLB teams or their other minor league affiliates.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2006 to 2013.

 

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
International League (AAA) Baseball 2006 14 USA untracked 952 untracked 6,416,200 untracked 6,740 untracked http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
International League (AAA) Baseball 2007 14 USA 0.00% 959 0.74% 6,721,465 4.76% 7,009 3.99% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2007_Minor_League_PDF.pdf
International League (AAA) Baseball 2008 14 USA 0.00% 970 1.15% 7,097,411 5.59% 7,317 4.39% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
International League (AAA) Baseball 2009 14 USA 0.00% 955 -1.54% 7,017,469 -1.13% 7,348 0.42% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2009_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
International League (AAA) Baseball 2010 14 USA 0.00% 985 3.15% 6,942,740 -1.06% 7,048 -4.08% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
International League (AAA) Baseball 2011 14 USA 0.00% 958 -2.74% 6,664,206 -4.01% 6,956 -1.31% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2011_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
International League (AAA) Baseball 2012 14 USA 0.00% 971 1.35% 6,504,586 -2.40% 6,699 -3.69% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf
International League (AAA) Baseball 2013 14 USA 0.00% 961 -1.03% 6,766,442 4.03% 7,041 5.11% http://www.numbertamer.com/files/2013_Minor_League_Analysis.pdf

 

Triple-A (or Class AAA) is the highest level of play in Minor League Baseball in the United States and Mexico. Before 2008, Triple-A leagues also fielded teams in Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the Triple-A International League (IL) and Pacific Coast League (PCL), with 14 teams in the IL and 16 in the PCL. The MLB-independent Mexican League fields 16 teams.

Interleague play between the International League and Pacific Coast League occurs twice each season. In September each league’s regular season champions play each other in the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game to determine an overall champion of Triple-A baseball.

 

American Hockey League Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The American Hockey League is an affiliate professional hockey league founded in 1936. The league consists of 30-teams based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with an NHL team; before then, one or two NHL teams would not have an AHL affiliate and so assigned players to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining three are in Canada.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2006 to 2013.

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2005-06 27 (24 USA 3 CAN) untracked 1,080 untracked 5,926,660 untracked 5,487 untracked Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2006-07 27 (24 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,080 0.00% 5,909,687 -0.29% 5,472 -0.27% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2007-08 29 (26 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,060 -1.85% 6,112,703 3.44% 5,270 -3.70% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2008-09 29 (26 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,060 0.00% 5,933,381 -2.93% 5,115 -2.93% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2009-10 29 (26 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,160 9.43% 5,915,480 -0.30% 5,100 -0.30% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2010-11 30 (27 USA 3 CAN) 3.45% 1,200 3.45% 6,455,951 9.14% 5,380 5.50% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2011-12 30 (27 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,140 -5.00% 6,426,934 -0.45% 5,638 4.79% Lennier
AHL (American Hockey League) (AAA) Ice Hockey 2012-13 30 (27 USA 3 CAN) 0.00% 1,140 0.00% 6,509,893 1.29% 5,710 1.28% Lennier

The American Hockey League is populated by NHL Team prospects and Free Agents recruited from colleges, junior leagues, and other minor leagues. Since each of the AHL Teams is affiliated with a NHL Team, the primary focus is on player development and not as much on team success.