INFOGRAPHIC: How Far Will MLB Players, Fans Travel this Summer?
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Major League Baseball fans will travel nearly one-fifth of a light year this season.
According to Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) — the official hotel loyalty rewards program of the MLB — professional baseball fans are expected to travel a trillion miles to see their favorite teams and players in 2016.
But fans won't be the only ones traveling a sizable distance this season and spending countless nights in a hotel room. Players will cover plenty of ground as well, spending enough nights on the road to fill all 64,800-plus Starwood-branded hotel rooms in Europe, Africa and the Middle East combined.
Which Fans Travel the Most?
SPG's research found that Atlanta Braves fans are the most dedicated in the majors when it comes to traveling for their team, covering more than 201 miles on average.
Fans of the Minnesota Twins (194.49), Texas Rangers (192.34), Detroit Tigers (184.66) and Houston Astros (183.93) round out the top five.
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Interestingly, neither of the two New York or Los Angeles teams even crack the top 10.
Going the Distance
No matter how far fans travel this season it's certain to pale in comparison to Katie Russell's epic journey to all 30 major league ballparks last year. Russell — a cancer survivor who made the trip in honor of her late mother — traveled more than 30,000 miles.
For perspective, that's nearly half as many miles as MLB players travel over the course of a season.
For more interesting insights into fan and player travel check out the below infographic courtesy of SPG.
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