TALLAHASSEE - With a slate of eight games on Thursday, Florida Spring Training Baseball surpassed one million in total attendance.
It now stands at 1,035,944 through 158 games for an average of 6,557 per game. The total represents only games played between Major League teams in Florida.
A total of eight days and 60 games remain in the exhibition season. Fifteen games were cancelled due to rain this season, the most since 2005 when 24 games were lost due to weather.
The current per-game average of 6,557 fans is the highest among records kept going back to the 1999 season and represents an eight percent increase over the 2009 per-game average. The highest per game average attendance on record is 6,478 in 259 games of the 2008 season.
The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies have topped the 100,000 total attendance mark.
Five teams have drawn more than 70,000 fans and have a chance at reaching the 100,000 mark, including the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers.