Major League Baseball drew 1,626,347 fans for this past weekendâ€™s 45 games, marking the second consecutive weekend that the Clubs combined to draw in excess of 1.625 million for the Friday-Sunday
games following the 1,646,000 fans that attended games on June 17th-19th. It is the first time since July 11th-13th (1,707,975) and July 18th-20th (1,668,015) of 2008 that Major League Baseball has exceeded 1.625
million on consecutive weekends.
In addition, through 168 games of Interleague Play, Major League Baseball is currently averaging 34,118 fans per game. The current interleague average is 20.3 percent higher than this seasonâ€™s current intraleague average of 28,372.
Attendance highlights among the Clubs this past weekend included:
- On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates drew 39,483 fans, the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in the 10-year history of PNC Park. The mark was broken again on Sunday when the Pirates had a crowd of 39,511. The three-date series total was a PNC Park-record 118,324.\
- The Philadelphia Phillies series against the Oakland Athletics was the highest attended three-game series in Citizens Bank Park history (137,333). It contained the second (45,863), fourth (45,785) and 14th (45,685) largest regular season crowds in park history
- The Kansas City Royals drew 100,066 for their three-game series vs. the Chicago Cubs, which was the highest total at Kauffman Stadium in 2011. It was their most-attended three-game series since June 25-27, 2010 vs. St. Louis (110,311).
- The Texas Rangers drew 46,092 fans against the New York Mets on Friday night. It was their 13th crowd of over 45,000 this year. Last season, the Rangers had a total of 15 such games for the entire season.
Source: Major League Baseball
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