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Baseball fans set new Cactus League attendance record

Spring Training in Mesa is as popular as ever. During the first seven Chicago Cubs home games at HoHoKam Park a total of 68,063 fans have gone through the turnstiles. This number includes a single game Cactus League record of 12,903, on Sunday March 4, when the Cubs hosted their cross-town rival the Chicago White Sox. With an increase of 21.5 percent from last year the 9,723 per-game average also leads the Cactus League.Two of the first seven games have been sold out including the Cubs, White Sox game, which was sold out 35 minutes after the tickets went on sale and the Cubs game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday March 11.

Prior to this year’s spring training season the City of Mesa reached an agreement with a new food service company, Ovations Food Service. Ovations invested $1 million in upgrades to the concession stands and increased the variety of foods available. After the first week of games the revenues for food, beverage and items for the two team shops have increased slightly more than 27 percent from last season.

“The investment by Ovations in the new food and merchandise areas is paying huge dividends, ‘ Stadium manager Dave Dunne said. “There is more to chose from and better food available which hopefully will keep Cactus League fans coming to HoHokam Stadium in record numbers”.

The Cubs will have a total of 16 home games this spring and tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-800-905-3315

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