Another attendance record to note: the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League) set a new mark for highest per-game average for a season in the 55-year history of the franchise, with 3,885 fans per game.
The 2014 season also saw five of the 11 largest single-game home crowds – all 7,089 or larger – for the Quad Cities franchise since the start of the 2002 season. The new per-game average record was achieved despite weather postponing nine River Bandits home games – the most for any Midwest League team in six years.
“We are thrilled and humbled by the unyielding support of all of the fans who came to Modern Woodmen Park this season,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “This record is even more meaningful because our fans endured record rain and flooding, when entire parking lots and parts of our play area were underwater, and people had to walk as much as a mile to get to the ballpark. That’s just one of the many hundreds of reasons why we are so grateful to host the best fans in minor league baseball at the No. 1 minor league ballpark in America.”
Quad Cities’ total home attendance of 237,005 this season was the sixth-most since the franchise joined the Midwest League in 1960. For each of the seven seasons under Main Street Baseball, more than 200,000 fans have attended Quad Cities River Bandits games at Modern Woodmen Park — a streak unprecedented in franchise history.
“This season has been special for so many reasons – the opening of the Ferris wheel, unique promotions and events, and exciting baseball games, but the fans have made it truly memorable with overwhelming passion for the River Bandits and Modern Woodmen Park,” said General Manager Andrew Chesser. “The entire Quad Cities should be proud of a record-setting season at the ballpark.”
The Quad Cities franchise record for single-season attendance is 260,471 — a mark set in 1994 as the Quad City River Bandits, an affiliate of the Houston Astros. That season’s per-game average of 3,755 was the highest for the franchise until this season.
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