Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Magic Number: 5,787
Today's paid attendance at McKechnie Field is 4,259 - meaning Sunday's game needs to draw over 5,787 fans to break the ballpark's all-time attendance record.
The good news? Sunday's game, the last Grapefruit League game at McKechnie this year, is against The Tampa Bay Rays. In their previous two trips to Bradenton this spring, the Rays have lured 6,367 and 6,118 fans to the beautiful downtown ballpark.
The all-time attendance record at McKechnie is 87,206, which was set in 2009. This season could also see a new per-game average set, at well - through 15 games, McKechnie has averaged 5,428 fans through the gate.
The record is 5,404, set in 2008.
Posted by Bradenton Herald at 3:15 PM