Well, this is certainly an accomplishment: The Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League) should break their all-time attendance mark for a single season — in just 45 games at BB&T Ballpark.
When the record is reached, the Knights will reward one lucky fan with a special prize pack at tonight’s game.
The record of 429,132 fans was set back in 1993. When the club welcomes the 429,133rd fan through the gates, the Knights will celebrate by taking that fan down to the field to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The record-breaking fan will also be showered with gifts, including a team signed baseball, a Knights jersey, a hat, and four tickets to the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday, September 16.
“As we continue to welcome our dedicated fans to BB&T Ballpark, we want to pause for a moment and celebrate a historic attendance mark for us,” said Knights Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski. “We are very pleased with the support from our community.”
Through 44 games this season (entering tonight’s game), the Knights lead all of Minor League Baseball in attendance with a total of 422,229. BB&T Ballpark, which has achieved 21 sell-out crowds already this season, is averaging 9,596 through the gates – also the highest in Minor League Baseball. The Knights are expected to welcome their 22nd sell-out crowd of the season tonight and BB&T Ballpark will need to welcome just 6,904 fans this evening to surpass the club’s all-time attendance mark.
Photo by Mark Cryan.
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