Spring training attendance already breaking records

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Nearly 13,000 people filled the stands and the lawn at Salt River Fields to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants during spring training March 8. (Source: 3TV) Nearly 13,000 people filled the stands and the lawn at Salt River Fields to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants during spring training March 8. (Source: 3TV)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - It was a sold-out game and record attendance for Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Sunday.

Many of the fans said they went to the game not only to watch their favorite team, but also to enjoy Arizona's beautiful weather.

Nearly 13,000 people filled the stands and the lawn at Salt River Fields to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants during spring training.

"I just brought my kid over to watch a spring training game," Nik Sahu said. "He's been wanting to watch it for a while."

"It was a great game," Tejas Sahu said.

It was a record-breaking attendance for Salt River Fields.

"It's pretty cool to be a part of," said Conner Vicain, a Giants fan.

Plenty of people from out of state were also there for the sold-out game.

"We do it every year," said Mike Siegel from San Francisco. "We come to Arizona to see the teams. It's a break from work, nice weather, just a little vacation to have for baseball fans."

Mike Fry made the trip down from Canada.

"It's fun to watch the game and also see a big crowd," Fry said.

He said you can't beat Arizona's spring weather.

Glenn Hamer with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the weather definitely helps bring out record crowds. boosting the state's economy.

"It's huge," he said. "It's basically a Super Bowl every spring. It's over $400 million of revenue and almost a million of visitors from out of state."

Hammer said he expects total attendance this year to top last year's 1.7 million.

Spring training schedule: http://www.cactusleague.com/files/schedule2015.pdf