When the Royals announced an attendance of 33,420 in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night, it wasn’t just the sign of another near-sellout.
The attendance mark meant the Royals eclipsed the 1 million mark fastest in the team’s 47-year history.
This year, 1 million fans entered Kauffman Stadium by the 31st home game. The earliest the 1 million benchmark had been reached was the 34th home game in 1986 and 1987.
Last season, the Royals didn’t reach that mark until the 45th home game on July 11.
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The Royals have averaged 32,255 fans per game, up an average of 11,557 from this point in time last year. Given that average, attendance will reach 2.6 million this season, surpassing the previous team record of 2,477,700, set in 1989.
Kansas City has reached the 2 million plateau in 11 seasons, but this year would be the first time since 1991.