In 2005 Chicago Cubs' fans weren't satisfied that in 2004 they broke the Major League record for Spring Training attendance. So they broke their own record the next year in the month of March by drawing 193,993 fans, a record they still hold.
Now in 2007 they shattered the all-time single-game attendance record drawing 12,917 into HoHoKam Park March 29 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. These season and single game records include Arizona’s Cactus League and Florida’s Grapefruit League.
Fernando Guerrero Jr., Big Ho of the HoHoKams of Mesa, watched HoHoKam Stadium fill to capacity before the record-setting Cubs-Diamondbacks game. He exclaimed, "Our founders never imagined anything like this when they created Spring Training in Mesa a half-century ago.” The Mesa HoHoKams are a service organization comprised of community leaders who ensure the Spring Training experience is enjoyable for all.
And oh, by the way, the Cubs led the Cactus League in attendance for the 25th consecutive year. In fact, they once again led all of baseball in attendance drawing 175,891 fans for Spring Training home games while averaging 10,993 for each game.
Only the Cubs, San Francisco Giants of the Cactus League and the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves of the Grapefruit League averaged more than 10,000 per game.
Led by the Cubs, Giants and Seattle Mariners (averaged 7,884 per game), the Cactus League’s total attendance for 2007 was 1,217,632 for 176 games, an average game attendance of 6,918. That’s up 4.2% over last season.
Average attendance for 2007 in the Grapefruit League was 6,222.
Click here for the Cactus League attendance figures.
Media Contact:Rick Elder