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MLB SETS SECOND-HIGHEST TOTAL ATTENDANCE MARK IN '97
Published September 30, 1997
MLB announced its second-highest total attendance in history as 63,196,222 fans attended games during the '97 season. This year's total is second only to the all-time record of 70,256,459 in '93. Overall, MLB teams averaged 28,288 in '97, the third-highest average in history and a 5.2% increase over '96's average of 26,889. Six teams, the Braves, Orioles, Indians, Mariners, Dodgers and Rockies, drew more than three million fans. Every MLB team drew over one million fans for only the sixth time. Attendance was boosted by the 214 interleague games, which averaged 33,407, up 20.4% over intraleague action (MLB). See (#30) for final AL attendance. For the NL, see tomorrow's DAILY. TWO VIEWS: USA TODAY's debate is on realigning baseball with the newspaper's editorial board in favor of realignment and the opposing view written by former editor of The Baseball Encyclopedia, Rick Wolff (USA TODAY, 9/30).