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Fans Attendance A Record For Minor Leagues In 2016
- Updated: September 13, 2016
Minor League Baseball announced on Monday that the total attendance at all levels exceeded 41 million fans (41, 377,202). It was the ninth highest attendance number in Minor League Baseball history. The other impressive stat is that this is the 12th consecutive year that attendance is over 41 million.
According to an article on MiLB.com, eight franchises set single-season records with seven setting single game records. It also went on to say that the Indianapolis Indians had the highest total attendance (636,888), while the Charlotte Knights had the highest average game attendance (8,974).
MiLB CEO Pat O’Conner had this to say:
“In cities large and small, our teams continue to offer their communities the very best in affordable, family-friendly entertainment in a clean and safe environment. Minor League Baseball continues to offer what I believe is the best entertainment value in sports, and we are very appreciative of the tremendous fan support received again this year.”
So many accolades need to go out to each of the organizations for their efforts. The willingness to take a chance at an idea that may sound crazy at first is a risk, but more times than not it works out. This could just be wacky promotions to jersey auctions to whatever else the creative members come up with. I personally attended several games at a few different places this season, and each experience was unique in its own way. The game within itself is entertaining to baseball fans, but all of the things that go on at a ballpark on any given night is entertaining to everyone.
Minor League games also offer a chance to get close to the field without breaking the bank. Prices vary at the different parks and the different levels, but I recall paying just $12 a ticket to sit in the front row next to the dugout which was an amazing experience. That alone is a reason to share the joys of the minor leagues with my two boys.
I am glad to have been a part of the 41+ million again and will do it all again next season while adding a few more different stadiums to my list.
Featured photo by Gabe Rodriguez/Legends on Deck
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