The Peoria Chiefs will welcome the five-millionth fans in franchise history — appropriately enough — during a big game on the Fourth of July, where the team is marking the occasion with $5 tickets.On April 18, 1983, the Peoria Suns (Low Class A; Midwest League) played the first home game in franchise history with a 7-3 loss to the Quad City Cubs in front of 1,134 fans at Meinen Field. More than 26 years later, the Peoria Chiefs are ready to welcome their five millionth fan in franchise history. Needing just 391 fans to reach the milestone, the Chiefs will celebrate with all their fans on Saturday, July 4 with a 5:00 p.m. start against the Beloit Snappers.
To celebrate, on Saturday tickets for both the seating bowl and lawn are only $5. Special single game tickets are also available in the Stadium Club (First Base Suite Level Party Deck) for $10 each.
In 1989 the Chiefs hit the one million fan mark when they welcomed 225,757 fans to Meinen Field and five years later in 1994, the two millionth fan was in attendance at the re-named Vonachen Stadium with a season attendance of 176,603. With an attendance of 150,439 in 2000, the three-millionth fan walked through the gates of Vonachen Stadium. At the Chiefs current home, O’Brien Field, the four millionth fan was welcomed in 2005 with the season’s attendance hitting 256,612. The Chiefs set a single season franchise record in 2007 and then broke that record last season with 275,673 fans.
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