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CWS not worried about attendance

OMAHA, Neb. -- The head of the local organizing group for the College World Series says there is no concern about the drop in attendance this year.

The average crowd was 21,734 at TD Ameritrade Park. That was down from last year's record of 24,392.

"Actually, we think it's quite an accomplishment to average 22,000 people watching college baseball where there is no home team," CWS Inc. president Jack Diesing Jr. said Wednesday.

Diesing said last year's attendance was an "anomaly." LSU and Mississippi State were among the eight teams in 2013, and each school brought along strong fan followings. Mississippi State had an estimated 5,000 fans migrate to Omaha just for the finals, Diesing said.

CWS crowds have averaged more than 20,000 every year since 1996. The event has been played in Omaha every year since 1950.

The total attendance of 347,740 for 16 games beat last year's record of 341,483 for 14 games.

Wednesday's crowd of 18,344 was the third-smallest this year.