ARLINGTON -- The Rangers packed in 43,508 fans for their final home game of the regular season, a 12-5 win against the Mariners on Sunday. Rangers fans came to the Ballpark in Arlington 2,946,949 times, a franchise record for the highest attendance in a single season. "If I had to script it, I probably couldn't have scripted it any better than what's happened," Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan said. "As far as how the club's played and what we've accomplished, the fans have come out and supported us. You look at 2008, we drew [1.8 million fans], and now we're sitting here drawing a million over that."
While surpassing the 1997 record by 1,705, the achievement is even more impressive considering the heat Rangers fans had to withstand this summer.
The first-pitch temperature was over 100 degrees 27 times during the course of the season, including 15 straight home dates from Aug. 5-31. "We play well in our park, we're comfortable in our park," Michael Young said. "Obviously, we've got a ton of fans coming to our games, we definitely expect that going into the postseason. We definitely play better at our home park, and it's a tough place to come into and win."