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Stadium Construction and Minor League Baseball Attendance

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  • Seth R. Gitter

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    (Department of Economics, Towson University)

  • Thomas Rhoads

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    (Department of Economics, Towson University)

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The established literature shows that new stadium construction for major league baseball (MLB) teams can increase attendance, but there are limited studies at the minor league level. We use a data set encompassing all A, AA, and AAA minor league baseball teams from 1992 to 2006 to estimate the impact of stadium construction on minor league attendance. This data set includes almost 200 teams, over half of which constructed a new stadium during the 15-year observation period. Over a ten year period our results show that new stadiums increase attendance by 1.2 million fans at the AAA level, 0.4 million at the AA and high A level, and 0.2 million at short season low A. Additionally, we find evidence that minor and major league baseball are potentially substitutes as increased ticket prices for the nearest MLB team lead to higher minor league attendance. However, a new stadium for local MLB teams does not seem to negatively impact minor league attendance.

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Paper provided by Towson University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010-06.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2010
Date of revision: Mar 2010
Handle: RePEc:tow:wpaper:2010-06

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  1. The Honey Moon is Over in Lancaster
    by Seth Gitter in the blog of diminishing returns on 2010-06-24 14:04:00
  2. Why Sports and Sports Economics Matter
    by Seth Gitter in The Blog of Diminishing Returns on 2012-06-19 19:08:00
  3. Hagerstown Stadium Construction
    by Seth Gitter in The Blog of Diminishing Returns on 2012-08-07 13:38:00
  4. How Academic Publishing is like a Football Drive
    by Seth Gitter in The Blog of Diminishing Returns on 2012-09-12 13:40:00
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  1. Agha, Nola & Rascher, Daniel, 2013. "When can economic impact be positive? Nine conditions that explain why smaller sports can have bigger impacts," MPRA Paper 48016, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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