The Los Angeles Dodgers finished the 2021 regular season with 2,804,693 in announced attendance (34,626 per game average), once again leading the Majors in the category. Excluding the pandemic-impacted 2020 campaign when fans were not permitted, the Dodgers have drawn the most home attendance in baseball for eight consecutive seasons.
L.A. additionally led MLB in road attendance this year. Finishing with the largest number of fans drawn this year is all the more impressive when taking into account restrictions and physical distancing requirements brought about by L.A. Public Health guidelines that were in place.
Dodger Stadium was not cleared for full capacity until June 15, for a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The team averaged 15,986 fans (527,562 total) in 33 home games with reduced capacity this season, including 28 sellouts.
Their highest single-game attendance mark during that stretch was 20,220 on June 11 for a game against the Texas Rangers.
“Reopening Day” at Dodger Stadium was a wild success as the Dodgers not only defeated the Phillies, but did so in front of the largest crowd (52,078) to watch a professional sports league game in the United States since the start of the pandemic last year.
The record attendance did not take into account singular events such as the boxing match between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium on May 8, which had 73,126 in attendance.
The Indy 500 at the end of May drew a crowd of 135,000, and a soccer match between Mexico and Honduras was a sold-out affair with an announced attendance of 70,072 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Three weeks into full capacity, the Dodgers set a single-game record on back-to-back nights against the Houston Astros. The series opener drew an announced crowd of 52,692, and the next game saw that increase to 52,724 for Max Scherzer making his Dodgers debut.
It marked the team’s 35th sellout and also represented the largest crowd for an MLB game this season. The attendance figure surpassed the 52,692 that was announced for the series opener against the Astros, which was good for most this year across the Majors.
Dodgers broke franchise record with Dodger Stadium streak
The Dodgers closed out the regular season on a seven-game winning streak and also by taking 15 in a row at Dodger Stadium.
That set a new franchise record for most consecutive victories at Dodger Stadium and overall the longest home winning streak in the modern era (since 1901). Brooklyn won 22 home games in a row during the 1899 season, and had a 15-game winning streak at home the following year.
The Dodgers’ victory on the final day of the regular season broke a tie for longest home winning streak in franchise history during the modern era that was initially held by the 1921 Brooklyn club.
L.A. previously won 13 in a row at home across series against the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals during the 2009 season. They also had 11-game home winning streaks in 2017 and 2020.
Overall this year the Dodgers finished 58-23 at Dodger Stadium, which was the best home record in baseball and tied a franchise mark. The 2019 club held the record as they surpassed the 57 wins at Chavez Ravine that were accumulated by the 2017 team.
The Dodgers have led the National League in home winning percentage the last three seasons and four of the last five.
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