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MLB shatters Spring Training attendance record
03/31/2008 4:43 PM ET
Major League Baseball drew a record total of 3,692,125 fans to Spring Training games in 2008, breaking last year's high of 3,421,055, it was announced today. This marks the third time in the last four years that MLB's record for overall Spring Training attendance has been set. Prior to 2005, the record for Spring Training attendance was 3,330,200 fans in 1994.

The average Spring Training attendance in 2008 was 8,026 per game, surpassing the previous mark for highest average attendance, set in 1994 (7,709 per game).

"Baseball continues to be more popular today than at any time in its history," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, "and record Spring Training attendance attests to that. We have set regular season attendance records for four straight years and I believe we will draw more than 80 million fans in 2008 and set yet another record."

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