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2016 Cubs Attendance Watch: August 29-September 4 Homestand

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Crowds were a bit smaller as schools went back into session and the Cubs were cruising in the division race.

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The Cubs had big crowds for the just-completed homestand against the Pirates and Giants, but perhaps not as big as you might have expected.

Date Announced Estimate
8/29 38,951 35,000
8/30 38,174 35,000
8/31 38,137 31,000
9/1 38,536 35,000
9/2 40,818 40,000
9/3 41,258 41,000
9/4 41,293 41,000

Many schools and colleges were back in session and people had ended summer vacations. This is a typical pattern for late August, no matter how well the team is doing. It was speculated by some that the Cubs’ big division lead might have kept people away, but I doubt it — tickets for the Pirates series, in particular, were available relatively cheaply and you’d think that if people had the time or availability to attend games then, they would have.

Anyway, the three day games (September 2, 3 and 4) all had more tickets sold than the four night games. Part of that, of course, is that the three day games were part of a holiday weekend, with many likely taking Friday off to make it a four-day weekend. There was also some pre-game rain on the 30th, possibly keeping some people away from the ballpark.

For this homestand, the Cubs sold 277,167 tickets, or 39,595 per date. My in-house estimates for the homestand totaled 258,000, or 36,857 per date, so the total estimated no-show count was 19,167, or 2,738 per date. It should be noted that the ballpark was pretty much completely full on the last two dates here.

For the season, the Cubs have sold 2,825,287 tickets, or 39,793 per date. They need 174,713 more tickets sold reported to get to three million; that’s a bit more than four dates’ worth. At the current pace the Cubs will get to a bit over 3.2 million, which would be just short of second place on the all-time team attendance list (3,252,462 in 2007).

For the season, my in-house estimates total 2,623,000, or 36,944 per date. That makes the total estimated no-show count 202,287 for the season, or just 2,849 per date. That’s very, very low, and most of that was early in the year when the weather was bad.

The Cubs’ total attendance ranks fourth in MLB, just behind the Giants and slightly ahead of the Blue Jays. Their average ranks fifth, behind the Blue Jays and about 1,000 per date ahead of the Yankees.

In the final attendance report of the season, I hope to have more pricing data from BCB reader Lifetime Cubs Fan.