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Del Mar Looks For Another Record Opening Day Attendance To Start 75th Season

Del Mar Racetrack will open the gates for the venue's 75th anniversary season today, and Opening Day attendance has increased at the track for the last seven seasons. Last year saw an all-time record of 46,588 patrons on Opening Day, the third straight year an opening-day record had been set. For the 37 days of racing last summer, the track averaged 17,844 fans, down slightly from 17,906 in '10, but still marking the second-best figure since the late '80s. The charts below list a trend for opening day attendance at Del Mar, as well a trend for attendance over the complete summer meet (THE DAILY).

DEL MAR OPENING-DAY ATTENDANCE TREND
YEAR
ATTENDANCE
'11
46,588
'10
45,309
'09
44,907
'08
43,459
'07
42,842
'06
42,005
'05
40,046
'04
39,346
   
DEL MAR ATTENDANCE TREND OVER LAST 25 YEARS
YEAR
DAYS
TOTAL ATTENDANCE
AVG.
'11
37
660,245
17,844
'10
37
662,521
17,906
'09
37
635,679
17,181
'08
43
688,097
16,002
'07
43
718,923
16,719
'06
43
716,293
16,658
'05
43
731,287
17,007
'04
43
733,237
17,052
'03
43
725,922
16,882
'02
43
667,280
15,518
'01
43
664,594
15,456
'00
43
612,818
14,252
'99
42
628,856
14,973
'98
43
625,051
14,536
'97
43
633,494
14,732
'96
43
636,993
14,814
'95
43
653,028
15,187
'94
43
688,368
16,009
'93
43
632,435
14,708
'92
43
644,933
14,998
'91
43
695,188
16,167
'90
43
709,760
16,506
'89
43
701,321
16,310
'88
43
682,512
15,872
'87
43
846,495
19,686
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