The Braves are reaping the benefits of a pennant race at the turnstiles.
The National League East leaders have drawn a total of 154,037 more fans through 54 home games this season than last.
Through Sunday, the Braves have drawn a total home attendance of 1,671,849 fans, an average of 30,960 per game. Through the same number of games at Turner Field last season, which came on July 31, they drew a total of 1,517,812, an average of 28,108 per game. The difference is nearly 3,000 more fans per game this season.
Last season’s totals included back-to-back interleague series against the Yankees and Red Sox in June. The attendance was over 40,000 for each of the six games.
“Love weekends around here,” Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. “But even the midweek series, we’ve had more fans than normal. It’s amazing what happens when you start playing a better brand of baseball and start winning some games.”
The Braves drew over 40,000 for Friday and Saturday games against the Giants. Tom Glavine had his number retired on Friday night with 42,178 in attendance. Saturday’s game, which included a post-game concert, drew 47,305. A crowd of 33,865 watched Sunday’s series finale.