Dodgers Set Franchise Attendance Mark

The Dodgers today announced that their inaugural season at The first season at Camelback Ranch concluded with a attendance of 131,134 in 14 games, an average attendance of 9,367, both of which are the highest marks in franchise history. The previous record was set in 1992, when 85,332 fans attended games at Vero Beach, FL while the previous record for average attendance was 6,504, set in 1991.

"We couldn't be more pleased with our first year at Camelback Ranch and this makes it abundantly clear that Dodger fans really took advantage of having Spring Training so close to home," said Dodger President Dennis Mannion. "That, of course, was the reason for building this incredible facility just five hours from Dodger Stadium and we're very pleased that so many families took part in this annual rite of spring. We know that the experience will only continue to get better and better in the years to come."

  The average crowd for the Dodgers' Cactus League home games at Camelback Ranch – Glendale (9,367), is actually larger than the club's previous single-game record entering this season (9,293 on March 9, 2008 vs. Boston). The increase of more than 50 percent this spring does not include the team's exhibition game against Team Korea from the World Baseball Classic which was not part of Cactus League play.  

Entering today's game, among the 14 Cactus League teams, the Dodgers ranked second in average home attendance behind only the Chicago Cubs (11,211).  Among the 30 Major League teams, the Dodgers rank third behind only the Cubs and the Grapefruit League's New York Yankees (10,580). Overall, the Cactus League has already drawn more than 1.4 million fans, breaking last year's record of 1,316,160.

  The Dodgers played in front of 10,000 or more fans on six different occasions, including a Cactus League single-game record of 13,046 on March 17. That mark was subsequently broken.  

The Ballpark at Camelback Ranch – Glendale, the shared Spring Training stadium for the Dodgers and White Sox, has drawn 213,000 fans during its 26 Cactus League home dates thus far. Chicago will play the final games tomorrow and Wednesday.

  The 141-acre complex had its groundbreaking on Nov. 19, 2007 and an accelerated construction schedule permitted the teams to begin Spring Training on Feb. 14, 2009. The first game at the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch – Glendale was played on March 1 in front of 11,280 fans.

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