With one game and one season remaining before they move into a new facility at Camden Yards, the Orioles already are anticipating an attendance record in their final year at Memorial Stadium.
The response at the turnstiles this year practically guarantees a record last year. The Orioles will pass the 2.4 million mark in attendance for only the second time in history in their final home game tonight -- and will finish just slightly more than 100,000 behind last year's record of 2,535,208.
Considering that the Orioles have suffered a 12-game dropoff from last year's surprising challengers, the crowd count ranks as the biggest accomplishment of the year. The advance sale for next year, which already is under way, will be the biggest in team history, with season subscribers getting first crack at seat selections in the new park (not to mention the All-Star Game in 1993).