Cactus League saw nearly 8,000 baseball fans during every 2019 spring training game

Scottsdale Stadium is home to the San Francisco Giants during the games of the Cactus League. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

The Cactus League drew an average of 7,900 fans per game in 2019, the highest in three years, and more than half the teams saw their average crowds grow.

Four teams set single-game attendance marks, including the Chicago Cubs, who established an all-time Cactus League record with a crowd of 16,100 at Sloan Park on Monday, March 25 against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, according to a press release.

Total attendance dipped slightly, to 1,737,975, because the Cactus League had only 220 games, fewest since 2014. There were six rainouts, which aren’t made up in spring training. The 2019 season started on Feb. 21, one of the earliest dates in history, and rain and unusually cold temperatures plagued the first two weeks of the schedule.

“Despite an early start and unfavorable weather, the numbers show that Arizona’s spring training attendance remains robust,” Cactus League President Jeff Meyer said in a prepared statement.  “We’re grateful to the out-of-state visitors and local residents who flock to Cactus League ballparks to enjoy the best time of year in Arizona.”

The Cactus League has 15 Major League Baseball teams training at 10 ballparks across Maricopa County.
Eight of the league’s 15 teams saw per game attendance increases this spring, the release states.

The largest jump: The Milwaukee Brewers drew 7,434 per game, which is up 31 percent from a year ago, at newly renovated American Family Fields of Phoenix, and set their all-time season attendance record with 111,504.

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