Cactus League sets new attendance records for Spring Training

Posted at 1:55 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 08:58:03-04

Cactus League President Jeff Meyer announced Thursday that the Cactus League has set a new single-season record for attendance during Spring Training. 

Arizona’s 15 Cactus League teams drew a record 1,941,347 fans in 2017, nearly 40,000 more than the previous record set in 2015. 

"We're grateful for the Major League Baseball fans who flocked to ballparks across Maricopa County this spring," Meyer said. "These numbers show that the Cactus League is as robust and popular as ever."

While the Cactus League did not have a single rained out game all season, there were nine straight days with temperatures in the 90s. 

The World Series champion Chicago Cubs drew the largest crowds for the fourth straight season. During 17 home games, the Cubs drew 251,899 people, with an average of 14,818 per game at Sloan Park. 

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The AL champion Cleveland Indians saw the largest jump in attendance, going from 5,442 fans per game to 6,345 fans per game at Goodyear Ballpark. 

The Diamondbacks drew 176,883 fans in 17 days, with an average of 10,405 fans per game. They also set a single-game attendance record for Salt River Fields on March 23, with 14,002 people in attendance against the Cubs.