The Cleveland Indians today hosted the 100 millionth fan ever to attend an Interleague Play game during their afternoon matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals at Progressive Field.
Upon entering the ballpark with his two grandchildren and fifteen total family members, Randy Loomis from Ashtabula , Ohio was notified that he was the lucky fan and presented a trip to the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis , which includes roundtrip airfare provided by Continental, hotel accommodations and four tickets to the 80th All-Star Game. In addition, Mr. Loomis received 100 tickets to an Indians game of his choice, a $100 team shop gift certificate and a â€ś100 Millionth Fanâ€ť jersey.
Interleague Play is currently in its 13th season, having begun in 1997. From 1997-2008, attendance at Interleague games was 11.8 percent higher than the average attendance for intraleague games. Interleague games drew an average of 33,252 fans per game, compared to a 29,739 average for intraleague games. In the 2008 season, Interleague Play drew a record average attendance of 35,587 fans per game.
Source: Major League Baseball
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