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Angels join MLB in weekend attendance spike

Angels join MLB in weekend attendance spike

Angels join MLB in weekend attendance spike
ANAHEIM -- Sunday's 15-game Father's Day slate attracted a total of 581,680 fans, representing the largest single-day crowd in the Majors since Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008 (614,022).

For the Angels, the series finale against the D-backs drew 42,222, which beat the Major League average for that day (38,779) and gave them 40,000-plus fans at Angel Stadium for a second straight game.

The Angels have drawn at least 3 million fans for nine straight seasons. Coming off a season in which they signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, putting their payroll at an all-time high of $154 million, the Angels rank 10th in the Majors with an average of 36,012 fans per game. That total is on pace to be the lowest since they won it all in 2002, but attendance usually picks up throughout the summer.

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Through Sunday, Major League Baseball had drawn 30,456,031 fans in 988 dates, representing the largest in that span since '08. The 2012 attendance is 7.6 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to an MLB-issued release.

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