By definition, a doubleheader is a term given to when two baseball games are played on the same day by the same two teams, with both games taking place in front of the same crowd.
When Do Doubleheaders Take Place?
The majority of doubleheaders played by major league teams are known as ‘day-night doubleheaders’, so-called as the first of the games is played during the day followed by the second game in the evening. These games require two separate tickets and are officially regarded as two individual games, despite being referred to as doubleheaders.
‘True’ doubleheaders are less common and are typically played as ‘twi-night’ games, meaning that the first game takes place during the afternoon and the second in the evening.
‘Classic’ doubleheaders are two games played during the day. While they were once common in the past, they are rarely seen in major league baseball – classic doubleheaders are more commonly seen in minor league and college-level baseball.
Does the Crowd Have to Be the Same for Both Games in a Doubleheader?
Although the standard definition of the term states that the same paying audience must attend both games, most major league doubleheaders will have a break in between games when new spectators can come to watch the second game. The two games tend to be separately ticketed, therefore spectators require two tickets if they wish to attend both games in the doubleheader.