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March 14, 2013

Want tickets? Spring training crowds down this year

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. —

The Braves aren't too concerned, either.

"We got a bump with the Daytona 500 falling the weekend we opened. Then attendance fell off, as you would expect with the first games so early," Atlanta general manager Frank Wren said. "Crowds always pick up with the start of spring break in March, especially here at Disney."

Among those at the Braves' park on Tuesday were Bill Heuvelman and son Patrick, who drove from St. Louis to see their team. For a week at spring training, they didn't mind the prices, even with Cardinals stars Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina away at the WBC.

"This is something we do. It's worth it," Bill said.

A sign outside the box office that listed lower level reserved seats for $54 — tickets cost $5 more on game days — caught the attention of four college-age friends from Auburn, Ala.

"I noticed it right away. Seemed pretty steep to me," Nick Goudreau told buddy Chase Hoyle.

But Brett Frizzell said he'd already warned pal Brooks Cowing.

"I sent him a picture on Instagram that showed it," Frizzell said. "October prices for spring training baseball."

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