With less than three weeks remaining in the regular season, Major League Baseball remains on pace for a fourth consecutive year of record attendance. Right now, MLB is 3.9 percent of the attendance through September 12, 2006. In the 2006 season, a record total of 76,042,787 fans attended, averaging 31,423 per game. Through Wednesday's games, 71,015,797 had attended, averaging 32,621 per game.
Similarly, Minor League Baseball has already set its attendance record for the fourth straight year, attracting 900,000 more fans than during the 2006 campaign. The record run has consisted of 39.9 million fans in 2004, 41.3 million in 2005, 41.7 million in 2006 and 42.6 million in 2007.
Between the combined totals of Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball, it is estimated that approximately 121 million fans will have attended games by the end of the 2007 season.
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