This press release just came from the Yankees:
YANKEES SET SINGLE-SEASON TICKET SALES MARK AT YANKEE STADIUM; DRAW 4 MILLION FANS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON
The Yankees announced that as of today, they have sold a franchise-record 4,262,761 tickets for the 2007 season, surpassing their previous paid-attendance record of 4,243,780 set in 2006.
Through the first 76 games played at Yankee Stadium this season, the Yankees lead the Major Leagues in total home attendance (4,000,924) and average home attendance (52,644), and have outdrawn the American League average by more than 21,000 fans per game. There have been 45 sellouts at Yankee Stadium thus far in 2007, including a stretch of 21 consecutive sellouts from 7/22-9/3.
This season marks the third consecutive year the Yankees have reached the 4 million mark in home attendance, joining the Toronto Blue Jays (1991-93) as the only other Major League team to accomplish the feat in three straight seasons. The Yankees have also seen their home attendance increase in each of the last seven seasons (2001-â€™07).
Two things to add to that:
These numbers will be carefully noted by Scott Boras. The Yankees have a lot of money.
The Yankees are averaging 37,484 on the road, only 1,513 fewer than the Red Sox. This caused USA Today to proclaim the Red Sox the Kings of the Road earlier this season.
However, if you take away the nine games (and 494,874 fans) they played at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox are averaging 36,881 on the road. If you take away the nine games (and 329,243 fans) the Yankees played at tiny Fenway Park, the Yankees are averaging 37,609 fans on the road.
In short, the Yankees play to the most fans at home and on the road. So far this season: 6,774,718 fans over 151 games, an average of 44,866.