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IronPigs top ’08 attendance mark, sell out 105 games in 2008-09

With three games on the schedule, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs have already surpassed last year's attendance mark and are averaging more than 9,000 fans per game.

The amazing run fr the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) continues, as the team exceeds its 2008 attendance mark with three games left to go in the season.

With another sell-out crowd of 10,000 fans at Coca-Cola Park on Friday night, the IronPigs surpassed their 2008 attendance mark of 602,033 fans and remain one of just three teams in all of Minor League Baseball to average more than 9,000 fans per game in 2009. Through 67 openings at Coca-Cola Park this season, the IronPigs are averaging 9,124 fans per game — an 8% increase over last season’s 67-opening mark of 8,412 fans per game. The increase has the IronPigs positioned to potentially become one of just two teams in Minor League Baseball to exceed 635,000 in total attendance.

"We are very fortunate to be bolstered by a tremendous community and the most passionate fan base in Minor League Baseball," IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes said. "In this new era of family-oriented entertainment we are extremely proud that so many people continue to choose Coca-Cola Park for a convenient, affordable and fun sports and entertainment experience."

Since debuting Coca-Cola Park in 2008, the IronPigs have now drawn a remarkable 1,213,368 fans to the foremost baseball and entertainment venue in the Minors. Since the franchise’s inception a year ago, the team has averaged 8,792 per game — a number that greatly exceeds Coca-Cola Park’s fixed seating capacity of 8,089. Every seat in the ballpark has been sold for 105 of 138 all-time regular season games – including 22 consecutive games — with 33 all-time capacity crowds of 10,000.

The return of professional baseball to the Lehigh Valley for the first time since 1960 was met with remarkable community support, unprecedented excitement and unrivaled fanfare in 2008. By becoming one of just six Minor League franchises to surpass the 600,000 mark for total attendance, the IronPigs emerged as one of the top draws and premier franchises in Minor League Baseball.

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