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National League, seven Clubs set all-time attendance records
10/01/2008 2:08 PM ET
Major League Baseball announced today that the National League has established a new record for single-season average attendance and seven teams - the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies - each set all-time franchise records for home attendance during the 2008 regular season.

The National League's average attendance of 34,201, spanning 1,289 gates, eclipsed the previous record of 34,064 set last year.

In addition to the aforementioned seven record-setting clubs, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, each drew more than three million fans. Both New York franchises surpassed four million in home attendance.

The 2008 Major League Baseball regular season ended with total attendance of 78,614,880, marking the second-highest overall single-season total in baseball history. This season's average attendance of 32,539 also ranks as the second-highest in history. Last year's overall attendance of 79,503,175 (averaging 32,785) remains a record-high for Major League Baseball.

"This has been a magnificent season and drawing more than 78.6 million fans is a tremendous accomplishment, given the uncertain economy and the problematic weather our clubs had to endure during September," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Baseball is more popular today than at any time in its long history. I commend each of the 30 Clubs for establishing affordable ticket options that have enabled all fans the opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of our game. I thank baseball fans everywhere for their continued support and look forward to another magnificent postseason."

Four of this season's eight postseason teams are making repeat appearances this year - the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies in the National League and the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the American. The Tampa Bay Rays are making their first postseason appearance in franchise history after winning the A.L. East Division Title with a record of 97-65. Tampa Bay's 97 victories are the most wins ever by a team that had MLB's worst record the previous season, eclipsing Atlanta's 94 wins in 1991. The Milwaukee Brewers clinched the N.L. Wild Card on the final day of the regular season, securing their first postseason berth since 1982.

Year # of Repeat Postseason Teams
2008 4 (CHI, PHI, BOS, LAA)
2007 1 (NYY)
2006 3 (STL, SD, NYY)
2005 6 (ATL, STL, HOU, NYY, LAA, BOS)
2004 4 (ATL, NYY, MIN, BOS)
2003 5 (ATL, SF, NYY, MIN, OAK)
2002 5 (ATL, STL, ARI, NYY, OAK)
2001 5 (ATL, STL, NYY, SEA, OAK)
2000 3 (ATL, NYM, NYY)
1999 6 (ATL, HOU, NYY, CLE, TEX, BOS)
1998 4 (ATL, HOU, NYY, CLE)
1997 4 (ATL, BAL, CLE, NYY)
1996 4 (ATL, LA, NYY, CLE)

Three of the ten highest single-day attendances in history occurred in 2008, including the sixth-highest ever on May 17th, when 631,458 fans attended the 16 games throughout Major League Baseball.

LARGEST ATTENDANCE DAYS IN HISTORY

Date -- Attendance -- Games -- Average
1. July 28, 2007 -- 717,478 -- 17 -- 42,205
2. July 3, 1999 -- 640,412 -- 17 -- 37,671
3. July 21, 2007 --639,628 -- 16 -- 39,977
4. August 19, 2000 -- 634,220 -- 15 -- 42,281
5. August 14, 1999 -- 632,652 -- 15 -- 42,177
6. May 17, 2008 -- 631,458 -- 16 -- 39,466
7. June 28, 2003 -- 620,083 -- 16 -- 38,755
8. July 28, 2001 -- 617,518 -- 17 -- 36,325
9. August 23, 2008 -- 614,009 -- 15 -- 40,934
10. September 28, 2008 -- 612,649 -- 16 -- 38,291
11. June 10, 2000 -- 612,500 -- 16 -- 38,281
12. July 8, 2000 -- 612,177 -- 16 -- 38,261
13. August 4, 2001 -- 611,880 -- 16 -- 38,243
14. August 11, 2007 --611,296 -- 15 -- 40,753
15. September 15, -- 2007 607,083 -- 16 -- 37,943
16. June 27, 2004 -- 607,007 -- 16 -- 37,938
17. October 2, 2004 -- 604,406 -- 16 -- 37,775
18. July 17, 1993 -- 603,167 -- 14 -- 43,083
19. August 18, 2007 -- 602,039 -- 15 -- 40,136
20. June 24, 2000 --599,643 -- 16 --37,478

Highlights among the 30 Clubs included the following:

  • Ten Clubs drew more than three million fans, 15 Clubs drew more than 2.5 million and 23 eclipsed two million.
  • Seven clubs averaged more than 40,000 per game, while 11 averaged more than 35,000 per game.
  • The Chicago Cubs set a new single-season attendance by reaching 3,300,200 this year at Wrigley Field, surpassing the previous record mark of 3,252,462 set last season. In addition to establishing a Wrigley Field record, the 3,300,200 is the largest single-season attendance mark for any franchise or venue in the history of the city of Chicago. The Cubs are the only Chicago professional sports team to ever reach three million in attendance and have now eclipsed three million fans in home attendance in each of the last five seasons, beginning in 2004. The Cubs join the Dodgers, Yankees, Angels and Cardinals as the only teams to accomplish this feat over the last five seasons.
  • The New York Yankees final attendance tally at Yankee Stadium, 4,298,543, was an all-time franchise-high and an American League record. It marked the eighth consecutive season of increased attendance at the ballpark. The Yankees became the first Major League franchise to surpass four million tickets sold in four consecutive years.
  • The Boston Red Sox set a club record for a ninth straight season with 3,048,250 fans, surpassing the three million mark for the first time in club history. The Red Sox sold out each of their 81 home games, and have now hosted 469 consecutive sellouts at Fenway Park.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies finished the regular season with a franchise-record total attendance of 3,422,583. The final regular season home game was the 50th sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
  • The Detroit Tigers established a single-season franchise record for attendance in 2008, drawing 3,202,645 fans to Comerica Park. It marked the second straight season that Detroit exceeded three million fans.
  • The New York Mets surpassed the four million tickets sold mark for the first time in franchise history. This marks the third successive year that the Mets have set a club ticket sales record. The Mets drew a franchise-high 4,042,045 fans to Shea Stadium in 2008, surpassing last season's mark of 3,853,949.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers set an all-time attendance record of 3,068,458, breaking the previous mark of 2,869,144 set last season and eclipsing the three million mark for the first time ever. The Brewers had a franchise-record 44 sellouts, including 22 straight from July 10th - September 1st. The previous record of 31 sellouts was set last season.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays drew 1,811,986 fans to Tropicana Field in 2008, their largest attendance since their inaugural season total of 2,506,023. The Rays increased their home attendance by 30.4 percent over 2007 and sold out eight games during the 2008 season, doubling the previous record for a single season (four in 2007) and matching the combined total of eight sellouts entering the season.
  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finished with a home attendance of 3,336,744, marking the sixth straight season that the club has eclipsed the three million mark. The 2008 total is the fifth-highest in club history.
  • The Minnesota Twins drew a total of 2,302,431 fans in 81 home dates this season, their third-highest total in club history (3,030,672 in 1988 and 2,482,428 in 1992) and largest since 1992.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals had their third-highest attendance in franchise history with 3,432,917 fans, marking the 11th time in team history that they surpassed three million. The Cardinals sold out 40 of their 81 home dates in 2008.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks drew 2,509,080 fans to Chase Field in 2008, which was the highest mark since drawing 2,519,560 fans in 2004. Arizona has seen an increase in each of the last three seasons.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates attracted 129,473 fans for their four-game series against the Mets on August 15th- 18th, setting a record for a four-date series. The Bucs also produced their third-largest crowd in the history of PNC Park with 39,081 against the New York Yankees on July 10th.
  • The San Diego Padres drew 2,427,535 fans this season, the seventh-highest single-season attendance in team history and the fifth consecutive season of drawing at least 2,400,000 (eighth overall).
  • The Cleveland Indians recorded their 14th season in franchise history of selling more than 2,000,000 tickets, and the club sold more than 100,000 tickets on five separate weekends.
  • The Yankees and Mets combined to draw 8,329,177, the Dodgers and Angels combined to draw 7,067,497 and the Cubs and White Sox combined to draw 5,724,571. The three cities combined drew 21,121,245. In addition, MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, established a new online ticketing record for the eighth consecutive year by selling more than 32 million tickets - through September 28th - on behalf of the 30 Major League Clubs at MLB.com and the individual club sites.
Minor League Baseball set an attendance record for a fifth straight year, closing the 2008 season with 43,263,740, eclipsing the 2007 season total of 42,812,812. Between the two organizations, nearly 122 million fans attended baseball games in 2008.

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