04/06/2005 5:58 PM ET
Dodgers make mark in Guinness World Records book
Franchise cumulative attendance of 165 million is best in baseball
LOS ANGELES -- The defending National League Western Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have been recognized by Guinness World Records Book as having registered the "Highest Cumulative Attendance for a Baseball Franchise." Since 1901, when Major League Baseball began tracking official attendance, the Dodgers have played before more fans than any other franchise in the sport's history with a cumulative attendance of 165,770,718.
"This has tremendous significance to the passionate people working and playing for the Dodgers, but the ones who should be most proud are our fans," said Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda. "I've said this many, many times - we have the greatest fans in all of baseball. This record proves it."
Lasorda will be presented with a certificate recognizing the record from Guinness World Records Head U.S. Researcher, Stuart Claxton on Opening Day, April 12, when the Dodgers will play before yet another sellout crowd. Opening Day at Dodger Stadium sold out in just 45 minutes this season - setting yet another Dodger record. Last year, the Dodgers led the National League in home attendance, drawing 3,488,283 fans to mark the third-highest total in team history.
The 2004 season marked the ninth consecutive season and a Major League-record 19th time overall that the club played before three million or more fans. It was also the 32nd consecutive season that the club drew more than two million fans and the 39th time overall, the most of any Major League team.
The club's entry into Guinness World Records Book is not unprecedented, as the Dodgers also hold the mark for the "Greatest Attendance at a Baseball Series." That record was set in 1959, when the team drew 420,784 during a six-game series with the Chicago White Sox, en route to capturing its first World Championship in Los Angeles. At the time, the Dodgers played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
"Guinness World Records is honored to be a part of this monumental day in baseball history," said Claxton, "We congratulate Mr. Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers on this remarkable achievement in setting the record for Highest Cumulative Attendance for a Baseball Franchise."
Last season, the Dodgers set a combined attendance record, as more than six million fans watched Dodger baseball at home and on the road. To date, the Dodgers have sold more than 2.2 million tickets for the 2005 home schedule, with seats still available to nearly every Dodger home game by calling (866) DODGERS, visiting www.dodgers.com or at any Ticketmaster outlet.