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How To Research Sports Attendance For The NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA

Do you know where to get over 100,000 sports attendance records for the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL? Well, we’ll tell you. And best of all, it’s free.

The sports attendance records are updated for each game the same night. You can view attendance records for individual games, or an overview for each team for a specific season, including:

Sports attendance stats you can research:

  • Number of home games played
  • Total home attendance
  • Average attendance per home game
  • Average fill % for home games
  • Number of road games played
  • Average attendance per road game
  • Average fill % for road games
  • Combined home and road games played
  • Average attendance for home and road games
  • Average fill % for home and road games

Obviously checking the home attendance is a great way to see if a team has a strong fan base, but it’s also important to check their away attendance and see if and where they draw a good crowd on the road.

It’s important to look at why they are drawing a good crowd on the road.

  • Could it be they are the defending champions?
  • Is it a division rivalry?
  • Was the home town’s star player traded to the traveling team?
  • It’s always a good idea to know why attendance is the way it is so you can help predict future profitable events.

These links will provide you with the 2012 overall attendance. Once on the page, you can select as far back as 2000-2001.

How To Research Sports Attendance Records For Individual Games

If you’re looking for attendance records for individual games, the process is a bit more tedious, but well worth it if you are considering investing in a team for resale.

ESPN publishes attendance figures in the box scores for each game, preseason, regular season, and playoffs.

Start by clicking on a league in the navigation bar on ESPN.com and then click on schedule.

How To Research Sports Attendance Records For Individual Games

Then click on the team you want to view attendance records for. 

Click on the team you want to view attendance records for

When you click on a team, you’ll be taken to their schedule. Now you can select the year you want to view attendance records for.

Select the year you want to view attendance records for

Once you’ve selected a year, then you can select preseason, regular season, or postseason results.

Select preseason, regular season, or postseason results

Now you’ll get a list of scores and stats. Click on the “result” to go to the game recap.

Click on the “result” to go to the game recap.

Now click on the “Box Score” tab.

Click on the “Box Score” tab.

And scroll all the way to the bottom to get the attendance:

Scroll all the way to the bottom to get the attendance.

Now that you have the attendance, you need to figure out the venue capacity to see the fill %. Go back to the overall attendance records for each team using the links provided above.

With some simple math, we can figure out the venue capacity for each team. Just divide the HOME total attendance by the number of games played and you’ll get the venue capacity.

In the case of the Lakers, in 2009 their total home attendance was 778,877 and they played 41 home games.

778,877 / 41 = 18,997.

So if we didn’t already know the Lakers sell out every game, we do now. The same logic can obviously be applied to every team.

This can be a time consuming process, but if you are seriously looking into investing into season tickets or buying tickets in bulk to resell for a profit, then taking the time to research the attendance figures will definitely pay off.

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