It looks like getting to the World Series was good for attendance. The Texas Rangers set a new record for attendance this season with nearly 3 million visitors at the Ballpark.
The 2,946,949 fans who entered the Ballpark in 2011 were just a few hundred more than the 2,945,244 who entered the stadium in 1997, but they numbered 441,778 more than the 2010 season.
That jump is the highest increase from one season to the next in Rangers history at the Ballpark in Arlington.
The Rangers average attendance of 36,382, which is good for the fifth highest in the American League and second highest in club history to 40,374 in 62 dates in 1994.
“This record-setting attendance is a tribute to the support we have received,” commented Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan. “On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank our fans. They are the best in Major League Baseball.”
To celebrate the accomplishment, the Rangers grabbed a fan at random who entered the Ballpark at the approximate time the record-breaking ticket was sold. That fan, Antonio Cruz, and his family, were upgraded that day and awarded a complimentary suite for a game next season. The Rangers also outfitted the Cruz's with new team merchandise.