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American Association Breaks 2 Million Attendance Barrier

09/09/2011 9:12 AM -

Information courtesy of Pointstreak.com and the Independent Baseball Insider.

The American Association, which expanded to 14 teams prior to the 2011 season, posted the top attendance in independent baseball this season with a total of 2,162,269. That mark is an increase of more than 900,000 from the 2010 campaign.

It was the first time in American Association history that the league topped the 2 million mark, and comes after the addition of perennial attendance leaders in the Kansas City T-Bones and Winnipeg Goldeyes. The league now has three of the top draws in independent baseball in the T-Bones, Goldeyes and St. Paul Saints.

Independent league attendance standings:

  1. American Association (14) - 2,162,269
  2. Atlantic League (8) - 1,760,581*
  3. Frontier League (12) - 1,411,913
  4. Can-Am League - 627,113
  5. North American League - 634,880
*season ends September 18

(Bob Wirz also writes about Independent Baseball on two other sites, www.IndyBaseballChatter.com and www.AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com. Fans may subscribe for 2011 to this Independent Baseball Insider column at www.WirzandAssociates.com or comment to RWirz@aol.com. The author has 16 years of major league baseball experience with Kansas City and as spokesman for two Commissioners, and lives in Stratford, CT.)