The Orioles drew a grand total of 2,357,551 fans to Camden Yards this season, representing the club’s largest attendance totals since 2005.
The increase of about a quarter of a million fans from last year was fourth-largest in the all of Major League Baseball, just behind the Washington Nationals. Overall MLB attendance dipped by about 300 fans per game this year.
The O’s 12 percent jump in attendance from 2012 to 2013 couldn’t match their 16 percent jump from 2011 to 2012 – but it fit the club’s historical pattern following surprise seasons.
“It was similar to what we expected, given that we were in it all year but never really had that one big hot streak,” said Greg Bader, the club’s VP of communications and marketing, according to the York Dispatch.
Bader said team officials were also please to see their season ticket base grow for the first time in several years.
More fans watched The O’s on TV also, with ratings for Orioles games on MASN increasing about 50 percent from last year, the second biggest jump in baseball.
“They outperformed our estimates,” said MASN SVP John McGuinness. Orioles owner Peter Angelos also owns a controlling interest in the network, which the team shares with the Washington Nationals.