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09/30/2006 2:08 PM ET
MLB sets new attendance record for third straight year
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With today's first scheduled game between the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome, Major League Baseball has established a new single-season overall attendance record for the third consecutive year, passing last year's record total of 74,926,174. In addition, Major League Baseball will surpass the 75,000,000 mark for the first time in history, it was announced today.

"Major League Baseball is more popular today than it has ever been in its long history," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Setting a new attendance record for a third consecutive year is a remarkable accomplishment. The record signifies the great passion that fans all over the country have for our great game."

Major League Baseball has now set its single-season record in each of the last three years. In 2004, the 30 Clubs drew 73,022,969 fans. In 2005, that mark was eclipsed as 74,926,174 fans attended. The streak of three straight record-breaking years is the longest since the mark was broken five consecutive years from 1985 through 1989 (46,824,379 in 1985; 47,506,203 in 1986; 52,011,506 in 1987; 52,998,904 in 1988; and 55,173,096 in 1989).

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