It’s official LA Angels draw 3 million for 14th year in a row.
By David Rice
The LA Angels may be having a bad year on the field, but they are still having a good year at the box office as they went over the 3 million mark in attendance for the 14th straight season.
LA Angels owner Arte Moreno must be smiling as his team despite their worst record in 18 years passed the three million mark in attendance on Friday night. It marks the 14th consecutive season the Angels have done so. This streak started in 2003 a year before Moreno bought the Angels from the Disney Corporation the second longest in baseball next to the New York Yankees. The Yankees will break the three million fan plateau tomorrow when they play Baltimore.
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The Angels will have to wait until Sunday to have their three millionth fan go through the turnstiles. However, that will be only a formality as enough tickets have already been sold to ensure the club will reach the three million fan plateau. Major League Baseball bases their attendance on how many people pay for seats.
Sometimes when you go to a game you may look around the stadium and say “there aren’t 35,000 people here tonight”. With that being said you are correct. Some people may buy tickets in advance and are not able to use the tickets. Other factors such as weather and team record will also affect how many people actually pass through the turnstiles.
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This Sunday when the Angels take the field for their season finale against the Astros they will be doing so in front of their three millionth fan. This quite an accomplishment for a team that never had drawn three million fans in their history before 2003. The closest the Angels came to three million fans before 2003 was in 1982 when they drew just over 2.8 million people.
What makes this even more amazing is the fact that between 1981 and 1997 the stadium capacity was 64,000 and now its around 45,000. If the Angels could have average close to 50,000 fans per night the Angels would have surpassed 4,000,000 fans.
Yet the most fans the Angels could draw was 2.8 million people ( An average of 34,567 fans per game). This year the Angels are averaging 37, 506 fans per game, which is almost 3,000 fans more than in 1982. The Angels ‘
Hopefully this Sunday Jered Weaver will give the fans on the last day of the season a treat by starting and pitching well. Let’s continue to finish strong.