Spring attendance figures skyrocket across MLB

All of those Opening Day sellouts were just the latest indicator of a big year in Major League Baseball.

MLB announced on Tuesday that it set a Spring Training attendance record, with 4,034,708 fans attending games over 481 dates, for an average of 8,388 per game.

The 2015 total eclipsed the previous record of 3,823,479 set in 2013, while the average attendance of 8,388 surpassed the previous best of 8,078 in 2014. Total Spring Training attendance showed an 11.7-percent increase over last season's total of 3,610,738, and the record-setting average reflected a 3.8-percent increase over last year.

"On behalf of Major League Baseball and the 30 clubs, I would like to thank our fans for their enthusiastic support, evident by a record-setting Spring Training," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "With Opening Week now upon us, all of us throughout the game join our fans in looking forward to another exciting season on the field."

Club examples abound:

The Cubs drew 222,415 fans to Sloan Park, marking the largest single Spring Training attendance total for any team in history. The Cubs also set several single-game marks in excess of 15,000 fans, including 15,342 on March 27 against the White Sox -- an all-time single-game Spring Training record.

The Pirates established records for total attendance and single-game attendance during the Grapefruit League season, drawing a total of 106,038 in 15 games at McKechnie Field. On March 18, they drew 9,018 fans to their night game against the Tigers, setting a single-game mark at the ballpark. On March 21, 8,963 fans attended the game against the Red Sox, establishing a record for a day game at the ballpark.

The Brewers' total of 85,022 and average of 5,668 marked their highest since 2008. It was their second-highest total and average since 1993, and their fourth-highest total attendance in franchise history.

The Orioles set a per-game attendance record at Ed Smith Stadium, drawing 7,484 fans per game for 15 home dates. The Orioles also tied a club record with nine sellouts, including a record of eight consecutive sellouts from March 7-22.

Kansas City, coming off its American League pennant, saw its excitement carry over with a club-record 105,271 fans for its 14 Cactus League home games at Surprise Stadium. That shattered the previous mark of 96,798, set in 2009. The Royals' per-game average of 7,519 also was their best, topping the '08 Spring Training average of 6,394 over 13 home dates.

The Red Sox sold out each of their 15 completed home Grapefruit League games, with a total attendance of 148,862, and they have sold out all 63 Grapefruit League games at JetBlue Park dating back to its opening in 2012. The average attendance of 9,924 set a Red Sox record at Spring Training.

Goodyear Ballpark, the combined home of the Indians and Reds, saw a record of 150,102 fans for 31 games, surpassing the previous high of 146,242 over 33 games in 2013.

Camelback Ranch, the combined home of the Dodgers and White Sox, set its single-season record with 232,305 fans, exceeding the 2014 total by more than 30,000 fans, and surpassing the previous best of 228,725 in its inaugural season of 2009. The Dodgers established attendance bests of 147,066 fans and an average of 9,804 per game for games played at Camelback Ranch. The White Sox drew a total 85,239 fans over 14 games at Camelback this spring.

In 15 home games at Peoria Sports Complex this spring, the Padres drew 106,368 fans, surpassing their mark of 76,096 over 14 home games in 2014. The Mariners averaged 8,282 fans over their 16 games at the ballpark. Combined, Peoria Sports Complex drew a total of 238,847 fans, a record for the ballpark, surpassing the previous best of 230,662 in 2002. The Mariners' total of 132,519 was the most for the club since 2005 (135,013) and the fourth-most overall in Mariners history.

The Mets recorded five sellouts, marking the most in Port St. Lucie history, and the crowd of 8,205 against the Yankees on March 22 was the largest in Tradition Field history.

Coming off their third World Series title in a five-year run, the Giants averaged nearly 10,000 fans per game at Scottsdale Stadium this spring, and the club's spring total of 253,477 was one of their highest totals.

The Yankees started the post-Derek Jeter era by averaging 10,101 fans per game at Steinbrenner Field, nearly 150 more fans per game over 2014 (9,955 average).

The Angels had 111,672 fans attend games in Tempe this year, marking the fourth consecutive year they have topped the 100,000 mark at their spring home and the 10th time in the last 12 years.

The A's drew 110,059 fans in their first season at newly renovated Hohokam Stadium, marking the club's second-best Spring Training total in Arizona in Oakland history.

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