The Kansas City Royals announced Wednesday the club has set a single-season record for attendance as the 2,477,701st fan has walked through the gate. Tonight's official attendance will be announced during the seventh inning.
The previous record of 2,477,700 was set during the 1989 season. Total attendance for the 2015 season after Tuesday stood at 2,474,627, leaving just 3,074 fans needed Wednesday to officially break the record.
Tony Tucker of Blue Springs, Mo., walked through Gate E a little after 6 p.m. with his wife, Heather; son, Logan; and daughter, Paige. They were greeted by Sluggerrr and members of K-Crew, receiving a framed certificate, ticket upgrades for the game and a Royals jersey. The jersey, which was autographed by members of the 2015 Royals team, has the number 15 on the front and back. Also on the back is the record-breaking number 2,477,701 in place of the name.
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The Royals eclipsed the 2 million mark on Aug. 14, the 60th home game of the season, marking the fastest the club has drawn 2 million fans. This year also marks the 13th time in franchise history that the Royals have drawn at least 2 million in attendance and the first time in 24 seasons (1991).