10/03/2005 1:58 PM ET
Major League Baseball's record attendance reaches nearly 75 million
A record total of 74,915,268 fans attended Major League Baseball games in the 2005 regular season, representing a 2.6 percent increase over the previous record of 73,022,969 in 2004, it was announced today. The average attendance of 30,970 fans per game in 2005 is up from 30,401 in the 2004 season.
"To reach nearly 75 million in attendance is a remarkable achievement," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, "and was unthinkable not too many years ago. There is no doubt that Major League Baseball is more popular than ever. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I thank the fans for their loyalty to the game and for their incredible support."
Six clubs topped the three million mark; 16 teams topped 2.5 million; and 24 drew more than two million. Highlights among the 30 Clubs included the following:
The New York Yankees became the third franchise ever to top four million by drawing an American League record 4,090,696, averaging 50,502 fans per game. The Yankees joined the Toronto Blue Jays (1991-93) and the Colorado Rockies (1993) as the only clubs ever to surpass four million in total attendance in one season.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim broke their 2004 club record by drawing 3,404,686 fans in 2005. It is the third straight year that the Angels have gone over three million.
The Chicago Cubs played before a combined home/road attendance of 6,053,629, the second straight year and the second time in team history that they have surpassed six million, and they drew more than three million (3,099,992) to Wrigley Field for the second time ever.
The Los Angeles Dodgers drew a National League-best 3,603,646, their highest total since 1982. It was the 10th consecutive year that the Dodgers exceeded three million.
In their final season at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals hosted 3,538,988 fans, a club record.
The Boston Red Sox broke their franchise attendance record for the sixth consecutive year by drawing 2,847,888. They have recorded 226 consecutive sell-outs, which is the second longest streak of all-time, and they became the second team in history to have back-to-back seasons of 81 sellouts.
In their first season back in Washington since 1971, the Washington Nationals drew 2,731,993 fans for an average of 33,728 per game.
The New York Mets attracted 2,829,929 fans, their highest single-season attendance since 1989.
The Philadelphia Phillies, with 2,665,304 fans, posted their third highest attendance in the last 25 seasons.
The Houston Astros drew 2,804,760 total fans in 2005, the fourth largest single-season total in franchise history. Houston surpassed the two-million mark in attendance for the ninth consecutive season and the 12th time overall in club history. The Astros sold out 16 games, and four of the 10 largest crowds in Minute Maid Park history occurred in 2005.
The Milwaukee Brewers drew more than two million fans in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.
The San Francisco Giants topped three million for the sixth straight season.
The Cleveland Indians drew two million-plus for the 12th time since 1901 and the 10th time since 1993.
The Minnesota Twins topped two million fans for the first time since 1993.
The Toronto Blue Jays surpassed the two million mark for the first time since 1999 and it was the third straight season that paid attendance has increased at Rogers Centre.
The Atlanta Braves saw an attendance increase for the first time in eight seasons.
The Baltimore Orioles posted four of their nine largest crowds ever at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the 2005 season. The Orioles had the largest crowd (49,828) in ballpark history on July 10th and had the largest four-date series (195,722) in Camden Yards history from July 7-10.
The Pittsburgh Pirates drew more than 1.8 million fans for the sixth time in club history and hosted the most fans at PNC Park since its opening season in 2001.
In addition, Minor League Baseball set its total attendance record for the second straight season by attracting 41,333,279 fans, marking a 3.6 percent increase. Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball drew 116,248,547 fans.