Originally created 07/01/03

Interleague baseball boosts attendance



NEW YORK -- Major league baseball attendance went up 20 percent during interleague play, averaging 31,034 fans a game compared with 25,839 for other games.

On Saturday, interleague play attracted 620,083 fans for 16 games, the fourth-highest single-day total attendance in history. The highest one-day total was 640,412 set for 17 games on July 3, 1999.

Anaheim drew 131,192 fans, the largest three-game total in Edison Field history, for three games against Los Angeles. San Francisco drew 127,631, the second-highest three-game total in Pacific Bell Park history, for three games against Oakland. Philadelphia drew 96,472, the largest total for two games in the 33-year history of Veterans Stadium, for two games against Boston.

The New York Yankees at 13-5 had the best interleague record while the Texas Rangers at 4-14 had the worst.