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Nationals Seeing Attendance Boost After Recent Run Of Success
Published June 22, 2011
GIANT GAINS: In Sacramento, Eric Gilmore noted the Giants "have sold out all 31 of their home games this season," and they "have a chance to sell out the entire home schedule for the first time since 2001, AT&T Park's second season." The Giants are averaging 41,673 fans per game, "third best in the major leagues, behind only the Phillies and Yankees." That is an "increase of more than 4,000 fans per home game from 2010, when the Giants ranked ninth in attendance and sold out 29 of 81 home games." Before the season, the team had "sold more than 30,000 season tickets and established a season-ticket waiting list." By comparison, the A's "ranked 29th of 30 teams last year in home attendance, averaging 17,511 per game." They "rank near the bottom in attendance again, despite already selling out five times, including three games last weekend against the Giants" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 6/21).