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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tigers top 3-million mark in attendance with advanced ticket sales

With 31 sellouts to date — 10 shy of the most ever — and counting advance ticket sales through the rest of the season, the Tigers will officially roll over the three million mark for the third time in franchise history.

Ticket sales to date are 3,000,744, leaving them just 46,396 shy of the second-most tickets sold in franchise history. The attendance record of 3,202,645 was set in 2008.

“On behalf of the entire Detroit Tigers organization, we thank the fans for coming out to Comerica Park this season and for their passionate support,” Tigers executive VP of business operations Duane McLean said in a news release. “Reaching three million tickets sold is a testament to Tigers fans and their loyalty to the team, and their love for the game. Tigers fans are truly the best in baseball.”

The Tigers will select a fan at random during the season's final home stand as the "Three Millionth Fan," and gift them with two partial season tickets for next season, among other prizes.

Detroit's average attendance of 37,953 is seventh-highest in the big leagues. It represents 92.5 percent capacity at Comerica Park, fifth-best in the MLB.

The average attendance is up 5,913 per game, the fourth-biggest jump in MLB, behind Miami, Texas and Washington. The Rangers and Nationals hold two of the three best records in the majors, while the Marlins opened a new ballpark this season. 

Tuesday's crowd of 27,729 represented the second-smallest at Comerica Park this season. The first (22,574) came with Porcello dueling Tampa Bay rookie Matt Moore amid sporadic snow flurries on April 10. The next smallest crowd (28,180) came the next day, April 11.


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