Spring training games draw record crowds
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP / Matt York)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:47PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball says spring training games drew a record average of 8,078 fans, up 7.3 per cent from last year's 7,527.
The previous mark of 7,793 had been set in 2008.
Overall attendance for 447 dates was 3,610,738, baseball's fifth-highest total, the commissioner's office said Tuesday.
The Chicago Cubs drew 213,815 fans and an average of 14,254 for the first season of Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz.