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Cowboy fans flock to Stock Show, AT&T Stadium in big numbers

The cowboys, both young and old, come out in big numbers to the Fort Worth Stock Show, which saw huge attendance gain this year.
The cowboys, both young and old, come out in big numbers to the Fort Worth Stock Show, which saw huge attendance gain this year. Star-Telegram archives

Cowboys are popular in Tarrant County, whether playing football or showing cattle.

The Fort Worth Stock Show released its final attendance figures Wednesday for this year’s 23-day run, and it shows that an estimated 1,248,500 people attended for an average of 54,282 per day. That’s a record total for the Stock Show and a 10-percent jump from the previous year.

Here’s how it compares to other big draws in North Texas:

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys drew 720,558 people to eight home games at AT&T Stadium in 2014, an average of 90,558 — the most of any team in the NFL, according to ESPN.go.com. The New York Giants were a distant second with an average of 78,967 per game. Could those numbers grow if the Cowboys trade for Adrian Peterson?

Texas Rangers

Despite their dismal showing on the field last year, the Rangers still drew 2,718,733 fans over 81 home games at Globe Life Park, an average of 33,564 per game. That’s eighth best in Major League Baseball. This year is trending downward, with the Rangers currently ranking 17th, with an average home attendance of 28,802. Will the return of Josh Hamilton help?

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks are always sold out and this season drew 827,702 fans at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, an average of 20,187 per game. That’s third best in the NBA — even with the disastrous signing of Rajon Rondo.

Dallas Stars

The hockey team drew 711,359 fans over 41 home games this season at the AAC, an average of 17,350 per game. That’s 19th best in the NHL — not bad for a Stars team that turned out to be a major meltdown.

Texas Motor Speedway

Because TMS is a pubicly traded company it says it cannot release official attendance figures, but this month’s NASCAR weekend, which included the Duck Commander 500 and O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, drew an esimated 225,000, according to media reports.

TCU football

The No. 3 ranked Horned Frogs drew an average of 44,719 over seven home games last, which is pretty much all Amon G. Carter Stadium (capacity 45,000) can hold. With quarterback Trevone Boykin one of the early Heisman Trophy favorites, tickets should be even harder to come by next year.

Lee Williams, 817-390-7840

Twitter: @leewatson

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