The average attendance for spring training games was 8,078, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday, its highest ever and a 7.3 percent increase over 2013.
The previous best average was 7,793 in 2008. Overall, dates in the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues combined to draw 3,610,738 fans, the fifth-best total ever. Among the highlights:
• The Pirates set new records for average attendance and single game attendance, drawing 91,046 people to 12 games at McKechnie Field. The average attendance was 7,587 per game, surpassing the 6,229 from 2013.
• The Cubs drew 213,815 fans and an average of 14,254 fans per game during the inaugural season at Cubs Park in Mesa, marking the club’s largest Spring Training total attendance and per game attendance.
• Camelback Ranch in Glendale, the spring home of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, saw a 15.4-percent increase in attendance, drawing more than 200,000.