Father's Day attendance largest in four years

Father's Day attendance largest in four years

Father's Day attendance largest in four years
Father's Day baseball games across the country on Sunday attracted 581,680 total fans, the largest single-day attendance for 15 games since Aug. 23, 2008.

Sunday baseball was a hit all over America this weekend, as ballparks averaged 38,779 fans per game.

The weekend total of 1,658,495 fans marked the best-attended 45-game weekend slate since the final weekend of the 2008 regular season, when 1,683,763 fans crossed through the gates from Sept. 26-28.

Major League Baseball has drawn 30,456,031 fans this year, averaging 30,826 fans per game across 988 dates. Overall attendance is currently up 7.6 percent ahead of the total through the same number of dates in the 2011 season.

This was the third weekend of the year that eclipsed 1.6 million fans, the first time since 2007 that a season has seen three weekends of that many fans before the official start of summer.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.