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Orioles welcome 100 millionth fan in team history
08/23/2008 8:28 PM ET
A week of attendance milestones culminated with the 100 millionth fan entering the gates today at Oriole Park at Camden Yards prior to the Orioles' game against the New York Yankees.

Velma Greene, a resident of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was designated as the 100 millionth person to attend a game in franchise history.

Greene, 48, is a middle school math teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia and will begin her 27th year in education this Monday. In an on-field presentation during the game, the Orioles and the Maryland Lottery presented Greene with $100,000, season tickets for five years, and a package of VIP amenities that included a seat upgrade and a commemorative jersey. All fans at tonight's historic game received a pin commemorating the event.

"I'm overwhelmed," said Greene. "It still hasn't sunk in. This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I'm truly grateful to the Orioles and the Maryland Lottery for this."

In 38 seasons (2,716 dates) at Memorial Stadium, the Orioles drew 49,845,588 fans, an average of 18,353 fans per game. Through last night's game, the Orioles have drawn 50,122,561 fans in 1,313 dates at Camden Yards, an average of 38,174 fans. They have drawn 40,000 or more fans on 760 of 1,313 regular season dates at Oriole Park (58%), including 10 dates so far in 2008.

Today's attendance mark was the second the Orioles have reached this homestand. On Tuesday, the Orioles welcomed the 50 millionth fan in Camden Yards history, Kevin Gracie. A 24-year-old law school student from Ellicott City, Gracie was designated as the 50 millionth fan and received $50,000, season tickets for five years and a package of VIP amenities.

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