Spring Training has best crowds in decades

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With good weather ?only three rain outs ?and maybe some optimism about a slowly recovering economy, it was a good spring training in Florida with the second highest average attendance in the last decade, reports the News Service of Florida. In 239 games played in 14 stadiums, more than 1.5 million fans attended a Grapefruit League game during the 33 day spring training season this year, the Florida Sports Foundation announced Tuesday. The average of 6,575 fans per game was behind only last year? average of 6,640. ?he pre-season tradition of the teams involved and accessibility of the players to the fans, along with the amenities provided by the host cities, continue to draw baseball fans to Florida,?said Florida Sports Foundation President Larry Pendleton. The New York Yankees led the 15 teams of the Grapefruit League with 163,085 fans watching 15 games at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Baseball officials say spring training puts $750 million into the state? economy each spring.

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