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New ballpark pays off: Barons pace Southern League in attendance

Regions Field, Birmingham Barons

A month into the season and the Birmingham Barons are pacing the Class AA Southern League in attendance, drawing 5,219 fans a game at their new home, Regions Field.

Last season the Barons drew 204,269 fans to Regions Park, the team’s former home in Hoover, for an average of 3,847 fans per game. This year’s total, obviously, must be creating some smiles in the Birmingham front office.

As well as in the league office, as several teams are showing a per-game attendance boost for 2013: the Jacksonville Suns, Montgomery Biscuits, the Mobile BayBears, the Huntsville Stars, the Jackson Generals and the Chattanooga Lookouts are also all reporting increased attendance this season over 2012. It’s still early, but it’s a good seasn when seven teams in a 10-team circuit report attendance increases, so far based on April numbers.

Image of Regions Field courtesy of Birmingham Barons.

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