More attendance records fell by the wayside this weekend, as the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low Class A; Midwest League), Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low Class A; Midwest League) and Kalamazoo Growlers (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) all set new marks.
First: a record crowd of 9,182 fans was on hand at Parkview Field Friday night for the TinCaps/West Michigan Whitecaps match. The crowd eclipsed the previous record set only eight days ago when 9,015 saw the TinCaps play Dayton on June 26 for Social Media Night.
Second: the Hot Rods drew a total of 11,205 fans flocked to see Friday’s and Saturday’s contests at Bowling Green Ballpark, setting a new record for a two-day span in franchise history.
“We’ve seen a steady rise in interest and fan participation as folks have begun to hear about all the new and exciting things going on at Bowling Green Ballpark,” said Hot Rods Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Adam Nuse. A season-high crowd of 6,131 fans celebrated their Independence Day at the ballpark, and the contest quickly surpassed the fixed-seat capacity of Bowling Green Ballpark of 4,559.
The Hot Rods’ celebration extended into Saturday, and 5,074 fans packed Bowling Green Ballpark to enjoy Signature Saturday, a vintage Hot Rods t-shirt giveaway, and a bonus post-game fireworks show. Saturday’s crowd pushed the two-day attendance to 11,205, a new record for the franchise. Including Sunday’s showing of 2,704, the weekend surpassed 14,000 fans, many of which enjoyed their first game at the ballpark.
Third: the Growlers drew 6,064 fans to Homer Stryker Field for the team’s July 4 matchup against the Lakeshore Chinooks, the largest crowd in the team’s short history.
Also of note: the Huntsville Stars (Class AA; Southern League beat the Jackson Generals in front of a sellout crowd of 10,596 Friday night.
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