After leading Major League Baseball in attendance in 2014 at 3,782,337, the Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a quick start in 2015’s attendance race. On Wednesday, the team announced that they have passed three million in ticket sales for 2015, the earliest date in franchise history.
Last season was the 28th time the Dodgers have drawn more than three million fans to Dodger Stadium and the 26th time they have led MLB in attendance in the 57 years since moving to Los Angeles. The team capped season ticket sales at 35,000, which account for over 94 percent of the three million. Even if the Dodgers had not sold any single-game tickets, their 2.835 million in season tickets would be higher than the total attendance of 23 teams last season.
Last year’s attendance was second only to 2007 in Dodgers history. To match that season’s number of 3,856,753, they would have to average about 47,614 fans per game, about 918 more than last year. They reached the three-million mark a week earlier than last season.
The Dodgers open their defense of the National League West title on April 6 against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Former Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp‘s first regular-season at-bat as a Padre will come against his teammate of seven years (and reigning NL Cy Young and MVP) Clayton Kershaw.