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  • Turnstile Tracker: Over 120 Million Swarm To Baseball

    The following is Part II of THE DAILY'S "Turnstile Tracker," which estimates that over 466.7 million attended sporting events in the U.S. and Canada during the '02-03 sports year. Presented today are the full '02 pre-, regular- and post-season figures for baseball, broken down by league. While a few of these numbers are not exact, they serve as the most detailed estimates of the number of attendees of baseball events.

    BASEBALL
    PRE-SEASON
    REGULAR SEASON
    PLAYOFFS
    ALL-STAR
    TOTAL
    MLB
    3,115,651
    67,941,211
    1,568,735
    41,871
    72,667,468
    Minor
    n/a
    35,497,010
    383,184
    62,493
    35,942,687
    NCAA
    n/a
    3,966,005
    707,141
    n/a
    4,673,146
    Northern League
    n/a
    2,451,482
    80,204
    4,972
    2,536,658
    Atlantic League
    n/a
    1,859,059
    19,283
    6,406
    1,884,748
    Frontier League
    n/a
    948,383
    18,780
    4,495
    971,658
    Central League
    n/a
    758,781
    23,982
    3,802
    786,565
    Western League
    n/a
    394,891
    18,362
    n/a
    413,253
    Little League WS
    n/a
    314,168
    n/a
    n/a
    314,168
    NBC Tourney
    n/a
    84,007
    n/a
    n/a
    84,007
    BASEBALL TOTALS
    120,274,358

    NOTES: ^ = National Baseball Congress tournament. NCAA Baseball regular-season attendance numbers include top 50 Division I teams, top 20 Division II teams and top ten Division III teams. NCAA Baseball playoff attendance figures are for Division I, II, and III. Minor League baseball numbers do not include Mexican League attendance of 3,543,206.

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