Nice honor for the folks working out of Boomers Stadium: the Schaumburg Boomers have been named Organization of the Year in the independent Frontier League.
“For the Boomers, being named Organization of the Year is about as good as it gets, and we’re extremely humbled to be recognized this way by the 13 other outstanding teams in the Frontier League,” Boomers President and General Manager Andy Viano said. “I’ve maintained from the day we started this club almost two years ago that we have the best front office staff, best ownership, and one of the best ballparks anywhere in minor league baseball, and I’m so proud of our incredible, passionate, hard-working staff, our owners, Pat & Lindy Salvi, and so for thankful to our great fans, without whom we certainly would not have received this honor.”
One year after launching as an expansion franchise in the 14-team Frontier League, 2013 has been a tremendous success both at the box office and on the field for the Boomers.
With three home games still to be played in the regular season, Schaumburg has seen nearly a 20 percebt increase at the turnstiles in 2013 with just over 3,000 fans a night, which is up from 2,515 from 2012. Building on the momentum from the Boomers first sellout in franchise history when 7,578 witnessed a 4-1 victory on June 19, the Boomers surpassed total attendance for all of 2012 (128,287) on August 17. The Boomers currently rank third in the Frontier League in overall attendance with 141,003, and that number will swell significantly with the remaining regular season and playoff games and once extra events at Boomers Stadium are factored into the equation as well.
“The potential for continued growth and success of the Boomers franchise is enormous,” said Owner/CEO Pat Salvi. “We are just scratching the surface with respect to Boomers Baseball popularity as well as the use of our beautiful ballpark for all sorts of fun, non-baseball events. We have gone from no professional baseball in Schaumburg in 2011 to the top franchise in a terrific league as voted by our peers.”
Schaumburg (58-35) secured the league¹s best record and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a three-game sweep of the Evansville Otters over the weekend a year after finishing one win shy of the playoffs. With a 54-42 record during the inaugural season, Frontier League Manager of the Year Jamie Bennett‘s squad moved into first place after a 5-4 win over the Normal CornBelters on August 9th and never looked back. In fact, after snapping a five-game losing streak on July 27, Schaumburg surged to the West Division Title with a stellar 26-7 stretch through September 1.
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