City of Mesa 

For Release: March 31, 2011
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Public Information & Communication Specialist

Average attendance records close out Cubs Spring Training season

The Chicago Cubs wrapped up their 2011 Spring Training season with 14 wins and 19 losses playing a total of 33 games.  The Cubs fell from first place to fourth with an average attendance of 9,443 fans for the 2011 Spring Training season.  Topping the list was the Arizona Diamondbacks with an average attendance of 11,161 followed by the Colorado Rockies with 10,598 and the San Francisco Giants with 10,036 in attendance. 

"It's not a surprise to us that our average attendance fell this year," Hohokam Stadium Manger, Mark Gallo said.  "We knew once Salt River Fields opened up we would see slight decline in our attendance records.  Plus, with the Giants winning the World Series, it was expected their attendance would go up."

The Chicago Cubs for many years led the pack in attendance records during Spring Training.  Even though they were not the leaders this year, they still managed to break their all time attendance record with 13,465 fans against the San Francisco Giants on March 20.   Their fourth highest attendance record was also broken this year on March 18 against the Cincinnati Reds with 13,182 in attendance. 

In the Cactus League's Top Five season attendance records, the Chicago Cubs are still leaders with a record of 203,105 people set back in 2009.  The Arizona Diamondbacks took third place this year with a record of 189,737 people.

Overall, the Cactus League drew in 1.59 million people this year which is the highest attendance record set thus far. 

 "As you can see the overall attendance record in the league went up," Past-President of the Cactus League, Robert Brinton said.  "That means more people are coming here to see a Spring Training game.  We hope this trend will continue and our numbers will increase for next season."

The Chicago Cubs will begin their regular season at home tomorrow against the Pittsburg Pirates.