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The College World Series drew a total of 347,740 fans this season, eclipsing the "old mark of 341,483 from last season," according to Evan Bland of the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD. This year's event drew an average of 21,734 fans per game for 16 games. Last night's championship game, which saw Vanderbilt beat Virginia 3-2 for the school's first national title in a men's sport, drew 18,344 fans (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 6/26). The average game attendance was down from a record 24,392 set last year, but CWS of Omaha Inc. President Jack Diesing Jr. said that there was "no concern about the drop." He said last year's mark was an "anomaly." The AP's Eric Olson noted Mississippi State and LSU were among the eight teams at the '13 event, and they each "brought along strong fan followings." Diesing indicated that Mississippi State "had an estimated 5,000 fans migrate to Omaha just for the finals." The CWS has "averaged more than 20,000 fans" per game every year since '96 (AP, 6/25).
MISSING SOME TRADITIONAL TEAMS: In Omaha, Tom Shatel writes it was "great to see Ole Miss back" in the CWS for the first time since '72, as well as Cal-Irvine making its second-ever appearance at the event. The "newbies and little guys really add something to the stew." However, it is "amazing" how some traditionally strong teams like Miami, Florida State and USC have fallen. South Carolina "didn’t get out of its regional," nor did LSU. Defending champ UCLA "didn’t make the tourney." Shatel: "So much balance. Is that good for the CWS? Yes and no. Glad to see the fresh faces, sure. But it’s good to have star power, too" (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 6/26).
After-market brokers said that tickets to the July 15 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field are in “high demand,” as prices “range from $300 for a standing-room-only ticket to thousands of dollars for the best seats in the ballpark,” according to Elizabeth Hernandez of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The event returns to Minnesota for the first time since ’85. Twins Senior Dir of Corporate Communications & Broadcasting Kevin Smith said that Target Field, which can hold about 40,000 fans, “will be a packed house” for the All-Star Game. Smith: “Tickets are in very high demand. This is really a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It hasn't happened since 1985, and it's not coming back here anytime soon." Smith added that most Twins season-ticket holders, who got “first dibs” on All-Star tickets a few months back, “jumped at the chance” to purchase them. He added that “two-thirds of the ballpark will be filled” with Twins season-ticket holders and “winners of a public lottery for a chance to buy tickets.” Minnesota-based ticket broker Ticket King Dir of Business Operations Drew Baydala said that the company has “already sold about 300 tickets and has about 75 to 100 left.” But Baydala said that he “expects more tickets will become available as the game nears” (TWINCITIES.com, 6/25).