MLB spring training attendance draws record number of fans
Major League Baseball set a new record for spring training attendance, the league announced Tuesday.
The 4,034,708 fans who attended Grapefruit and Cactus League games this spring broke the 2013 record of 3,823,479 and improved on the 2014 total by 11.7 percent.
The Chicago Cubs' 222,415 fans at the team's new facility in Mesa, Ariz., marked the most ever for a single franchise in a given spring. The Cubs' March 27 game against the White Sox drew a spring training record 15,331 attendees.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies spend the spring, saw at least 300,000 for its fourth straight season. No spring training facility had previously seen that total.
Across baseball, an average of 8,388 fans attended 481 games in Florida and Arizona this spring.
- Alex Putterman