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Cubs’ attendance declines for 5th straight year, lowest since 1998

Updated: September 25, 2013 8:18PM



The Cubs suffered their fifth consecutive year of declining attendance, from a team-record 3,300,200 in 2008 to 2,642,682 this year – a 19.9-percent overall drop since the Cubs’ last playoff appearance.

The 240,074 drop from last season is the steepest from one full season to the next since the 1994-95 labor stoppage drove away fans nationwide – and represents more than $17 million lost in gross revenue based on internal estimates of per-fan spending, according to sources.

Cubs attendance declined by 434,653 from the 1993 season to ’96. The Cubs’ 2013 attendance is team’s lowest home total since 1998 (2,623,194).

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