TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Seven Major League Baseball teams set attendance records for spring training in Florida this year.
The governor's office said spring baseball drew more than 1.6 million fans for the second consecutive season.
Box office numbers show 1,638,457 fans attended 247 games of the 2013 season at 14 locations statewide. Only 2 games were rained out.
"Today's news that seven teams set all-time attendance records at Spring Training facilities in Florida demonstrates our success in attracting visitors to the state," said Governor Rick Scott. "Spring Training is critical to jobs for families throughout Florida. That's why this session, I've worked to keep teams in the Sunshine State and keep our economy growing."
The seven teams setting the mark are the Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota), the Boston Red Sox (Fort Meyers), Detroit Tigers (Lakeland), Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton), Tampa Bay Rays (Port Charlotte), Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin), and the Washington Nationals (Viera).
The Red Sox were the biggest draw in Florida, edging the New York Yankees (Tampa) by 44 fans.