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Attendance news: Akron RubberDucks up almost 16 percent in ’14

Akron RubberDucksA second straight year of attendance hikes for the Akron RubberDucks (Class AA; Eastern League), as the team enjoyed a 15.7 percent rise in 2014 over 2013 at Canal Park.

This season’s total attendance was 350,704 in 68 openings, a 15.7 percent increase over 2013’s total attendance of 295,459 in 70 openings. That rise is a record: shattering the old mark of an 11.9 percent increase set with last season’s increase over 2012’s total attendance of 256,473. The total two-year attendance increase under Ken Babby is now 27.7 percent.

The 350,704 total attendance is the highest for the franchise since 2007 when 355,376 fans came to Canal Park.

“Our fan support this season has been incredible. We are thrilled and humbled by their passion for the RubberDucks and what our organization is trying to build,” said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander. “Our fans have made Canal Park the home for affordable, family fun in Northeast Ohio. I am sure they are excited for this week’s Eastern League Playoffs too.”

The RubberDucks averaged 5,157 fans per opening, nearly 1,000 more than 2013 (4,221 per opening), which was good for fourth in the Eastern League. That continues the climb started last year when the team jumped from ninth to seventh. Canal Park also hosted 12 sellouts in 2014, including the final six fireworks dates.


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