Major League Baseball attendance has been examined since the league’s establishment in 1869. Winning percentage, opponent quality, and stadium quality have all been deemed significant determinants of increasing attendance, but deterring factors have yet to be closely examined. Since a majority of professional sports stadiums are constructed in economically poor, crime ridden areas, it seems natural to assume that crime could have an impact on people’s desire to attend Major League Baseball games. Panel data collected on twenty-eight teams over the course of ten years was used to determine whether or not crime rates have a significant effect on attendance.
"Take me out to the Ball Game? The Effect of Crime on Major League Baseball Game Attendance,"
Undergraduate Economic Review: Vol. 14
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/uer/vol14/iss1/2