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Spring training attendance tops 3.3 million

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.