Cactus League Fans Set Attendance Records in 2015

April 6, 2015
Cactus League Baseball Association
Cactus League Baseball Association

Nearly 1.9 million fans attended a Cactus League game this season, the most ever in 69 years of spring training baseball in Arizona.

The previous record of 1.732 million fans was set in 2013 over 37 game days.

In just 33 game days this year, fans poured into the Valley's 10 Cactus League ballparks setting records in several of the individual venues.

"Every one of our ballparks reported more business," according to Mark Coronado, President of the Cactus League Baseball Association.

"We expect some of our teams to draw well every year, but this season every community experienced the positive growth in our industry," he said.

The Chicago Cubs set the record again for most fans through the gates in a single season, with 222,415 in attendance this year. The team also set the single game attendance record for a second year in a row, when 15,342 fans watched the Cubs host the cross-town rival White Sox on March 27th.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies teamed up to draw more fans than any other two-team facility, attracting 351,000 to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The two teams have together drawn more than 300,000 fans in each of the ballpark's first five seasons.

The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners broke a 2002 attendance record this year, drawing 238,847 fans to the Peoria Sports Complex last month.

Goodyear Ballpark also set a new season attendance mark, with more than 150, 000 fans coming out for Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds games.

The Milwaukee Brewers broke a 2008 record for single season attendance drawing more than 85,000 fans over 15 games to Phoenix-Maryvale.

Just under 50,000 fans were on hand to watch Actor Will Ferrell visit five ballparks and play all nine positions on the field Thursday, March 12. Two days later, more than 101,000 fans set a single day record for attendance this season.

"Fans across the nation are discovering the convenience of the Cactus League as the destination of choice for pre-season baseball fun," Coronado said.