Rangers reach three million in home attendance for first time

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers reached the three million mark in home attendance for the first time in franchise history on Thursday.

Tonight’s paid attendance of 36,102 increased the Rangers’ 2012 season total in 71 home dates to 3,003,143. The previous club record for home attendance was 2,946,949 set in 2011. The Rangers are the third team in the majors to reach 3,000,000 fans in 2012, joining the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees.

In recognition of the milestone, Capital One Bank provided Rangers t-shirts to all fans entering Rangers Ballpark in Arlington tonight. In addition, James Patterson of Fort Worth was randomly selected as he entered the park this evening as the “three millionth fan.”  Mr. Patterson is attending tonight’s game with his wife Jaime, son Andrew, and daughter Kimberly, who is celebrating her eighth birthday today. They received four Texas Rangers 2013 season tickets and assorted Rangers merchandise from club President Nolan Ryan in an on-field ceremony after the sixth inning. In addition, Mr. Patterson will throw out a ceremonial first pitch on Sunday, September 30, which is Fan Appreciation Day.

The Rangers close this homestand with a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners. There are approximately 1200 reserved seats remaining for Friday’s game, 1000 reserved seats left for Saturday, and scattered singles, obstructed view seats, and standing room tickets remaining for Sunday’s contest. Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972-RANGERS, or at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington ticket office.