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Spring training ticket sales up for 2017
Submitted by Glenn Gullickson on Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:00am
Cubs-Indians rematch rematch sets Goodyear Ballpark attendance record
Hosting a team that competed in the 2016 World Series helped drive spring training attendance at Goodyear Ballpark.
When spring training ended on March 29, 175,369 people had attended 33 games played at the ballpark that’s shared by the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds, according to Debbie Diveney, the ballpark’s marketing and business operations coordinator.
Spring training attendance was up 9 percent compared to the previous year, she said.
Diveney said 101,517 tickets were sold for 16 games played by the Indians and 72,852 tickets were sold for 17 games played by the Reds.
The fact that the Indians are baseball’s reigning American League champions created a lot of interest for the team’s spring training schedule, Diveney said.
A March 22 rematch with World Series winning team, the Chicago Cubs, was the Indians only spring training sell-out, drawing 11,624 fans, which set a ballpark record for attendance at a single game, she said.
Diveney noted the game drew a standing-room crowd to the ballpark, which has 10,311 seats.
While the Cubs won the fall classic, the Indians got revenge at the spring training game, winning 5-2 in a four-and-a-half inning game that was shortened by rain.
The Reds also had one sell-out game during the spring training season, Diveney said.
Camelback Ranch-Glendale reported 257,609 fans attended games played by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.
It’s the third consecutive year that the ballpark has set an attendance record and the eighth season the ballpark has sold more than 200,000 tickets, according to a news release.
Thirty-five games were played at the ballpark this year, three more games played at Camelback Ranch than in previous spring training seasons, according to the news release.
The Dodgers drew 165,911 fans for 18 games, while 91,698 fans attended 17 White Sox games, the ballpark reported.
The ballpark had seven sellouts and welcomed its 2 millionth spring training fan in the nine-year history of the ballpark, according to the news release.
Glenn Gullickson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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