From Ballpark Digest –
The 2018 summer collegiate season ended last night, so you know what that means: it’s time to begin reporting on the yearly attendance numbers. We end with a listing of 2018 summer collegiate attendance by average.
Ranking teams by average attendance is considering the most accurate barometer of the industry, and this year, for the first time, three summer-collegiate teams averaged over 4,000 fans a game. Leading the pack, per usual, is the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League. No surprise: the team has paced our summer-collegiate attendance ranking since we launched. In fact, our top three remains unchanged from 2017, with the Savannah Bananas and the Okotoks Dawgs staying with the Mallards at the top of the heap. The Victoria HarbourCats join the top 10 for the first time, as did the new Macon Bacon team debuting this season.
This doesn’t cover every summer-collegiate team: there are a few leagues that choose not to report the attendance numbers publicly, and there are some teams that don’t seriously track attendance numbers. That’s OK: in those cases we’re talking about good-quality community entertainment. Still, this listing should give you a good idea of the growth in the summer-collegiate industry.