From the Cincinnati Business Courier:

Sure, there were still a few September games that featured swaths of empty seats. But the Reds wound up posting a whopping 17.9 percent increase in attendance. That was the second biggest increase in Major League Baseball. Only the Minnesota Twins, who moved into a new ballpark this year, churned out a bigger improvement.

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The Reds just got over the 2 million mark, selling 2.06 million tickets. That’s an average of 25,439 per game.

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The really good news? Owner Bob Castellini has said he’ll plow profits back into the team. So more fans means more money to improve the club, re-sign players, improve scouting and generally shoot for putting a consistently winning product on the field year after year.

If the theory holds true that attendance really takes the big jump the year after a team unexpectedly contends, the Reds should be in good shape for 2011 attendance-wise.