Figures Figure to be Good for Springfield

The Springfield Cardinals are already approaching 400,000 fans in attendance during their 2006 Texas League campaign, a mark that will continue to grow in the current homestand ending next Tuesday. &nbsp

While some in the Texas League are seeing down attendance numbers, officials for the Springfield Cardinals are very excited about the final two regular season homestands.

It was a GREAT crowd, as always, on Friday night to see a Cards game. In fact, 8,546 saw the Springfield Cardinals take game one of the five game series. Friday's contest marked the 21st consecutive sell-out of the year, and the 32nd sell-out overall at Hammons Field.

Counting Friday night's game, the Cardinals have put 370,997 fans through the turnstiles. That's an average of 7,134 fans per game seeing Cardinals prospects in downtown Springfield, Missouri.

That's third in the league behind Frisco (420,779, average of 8,587), and Corpus Christi (382,428, average of 7,215). Frisco was way ahead of their average Friday night, as they had an announced attendance of 10,176 for their win over Corpus Christi.

Tulsa, who the Cardinals are hosting this weekend, is fourth in Texas League attendance. The Drillers are averaging just fewer than 5,000 fans per game, and have sent 250,981 through the gates.

The Wichita Wranglers, a team many think might be moving to Springdale, Arkansas soon, are dead last in league attendance. As of their last home game, Wichita has had only 139,281 total fans. That's just barely over 2,700 fans per game, and yet some people just can't figure out why the team is considering a move.

The homestand for Springfield continues through Tuesday against Tulsa. Team officials say the remainder of the homestand is sold out.

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