Spring training attendance tops 3.3 million

Updated: April 6, 2004, 3:08 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Spring training attendance reached 3.3 million for the first time since before the 1994-95 strike.

The 30 teams drew 3,312,087 fans for spring training games, up 12.7 percent from 2,937,715 last year and the most since 3,330,200 in 1994, the highest since the commissioner's office began keeping track. The average attendance of 7,169 was up 11 percent from last year's 6,457.

The Chicago Cubs, who train in Mesa, Ariz., drew 189,692 for 16 home games, a record for any team, topping the 173,482 set by the New York Yankees in 1996 in Tampa, Fla.

San Francisco (152,185), Atlanta (133,099), Boston (118,548), Philadelphia (113,037), Anaheim (106,351), Oakland (105,686), Baltimore (82,683) and Pittsburgh (73,233) all set team records for their current spring bases.

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