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Attendance news from Birmingham, Gastonia

Birmingham BaronsIt’s shaping up to be a big year in baseball, as several MiLB and summer-collegiate teams are reporting good numbers for 2015. Today’s sellout news comes from the Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League) and Gastonia Grizzlies (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League).

For the third consecutive game and fifth time in 2015, Regions Field was packed to capacity Friday night as the Barons hosted Chattanooga for the final game of their six-game series. It was the second-best homestand for the season: the final tally of 35,156 fans at the ballpark was second only to the 35,988 fans that saw Birmingham take a 3-2 series win over Tennessee. The news was not so good on the field: the Barons dropped five of six games in the series.

At Sims Legion Park, the Grizzlies announced a sellout for the May 30 season opener. Groups have purchased more than 4,000 tickets to this game. That number does not include season tickets holders, mini ticket plan holders, host families and single game ticket buyers.

“This is by far the most tickets ever sold for a Grizzlies game for our 14-year franchise,” said Owner Jesse Cole.

Adding to the festivities: fireworks.

“The support for this night and our upcoming 2015 season is overwhelming,” Cole added. “To have a game completely sold out a month in advance and three weeks before the season’s Opening Night is a tribute to this community and their amazing support. We can’t thank all of our sponsors and groups enough for being a part of this game. It is truly going to be a special night at the ballpark and will set the tone for the entire 2015 season.”

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