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Royals set single-season franchise attendance record

Fans filled the stadium for opening ceremonies Monday, April 6, 2015, at the Kansas City Royals’ season-opener against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
Fans filled the stadium for opening ceremonies Monday, April 6, 2015, at the Kansas City Royals’ season-opener against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

The Royals announced before Wednesday’s game against the Twins that the franchise’s single-season attendance record at Kauffman Stadium had been broken.

The team needed 3,074 fans to walk through the gates Wednesday to top the record of 2,477,700 fans in 1989. According to the Royals, Tony Tucker of Blue Springs was the record-breaking fan. Tucker walked through Gate E shortly after 6 p.m., with his wife, Heather, son, Logan and daughter, Paige.

The Royals, according to a release from the team, gave the family a framed certificate, a ticket upgrade and an autographed Royals jersey with the No. 15 on the front and back and “2,477,701,” the record-breaking number, in place of the name.

Through Tuesday, the Royals were averaging 33,441 fans per game through 74 games — a projected 81-game total of 2,708,721 fans.

The Royals went over 2 million fans for the 13th time in franchise history after home game No. 60 this year, the fastest the club has reached 2 million. This was also the team’s first 2 million-fan season since 1991.

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore on setting the single season attendance record at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.

Kansas City Royals manger Ned Yost talks about breaking the club's season attendance record and the team's intensity level as it heads closer to a division title. Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

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