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Cactus League: Spring training packed 'em in

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(Source: Cactus League Baseball Association) (Source: Cactus League Baseball Association)
(Source: Cactus League Baseball Association) (Source: Cactus League Baseball Association)

About 1.68 million fans attended Cactus League games during the 68th season of spring training baseball in Arizona, the Cactus League Baseball Association reported on Monday.

"Daily turnout far outpaced last year's attendance mark after 32 game days," the league said in a statement.

The overall total was lower than last year's 1.73 million fans because of fewer game days this year, 32 in 2014 compared to 37 in 2013.

The total also reflects the loss of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers to a regular season series in Australia. Still after 32 days this year, attendance was 121,000 higher than the same period last year, the league reported. 

The Diamondbacks missed nine days of Cactus League play, while the Dodgers missed 13 days, playing their last game on Sunday, March 16.

Annually, the Cactus League generates more than $632 million in economic impact for the state.

The opening of Cubs Park set a string of single game attendance records. The new ballpark claimed the first 12 spots on the Cactus League's list of the top 20 single-game records, drawing more than 14,000 fans each time. The Cubs also set the single season attendance record drawing 214,815 fans in 15 contests.

Next year, the Oakland A's will move into their new ballpark, a renovated Hohokam Stadium.

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