More great attendance news: The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Class AAA; International League) once again eclipsed the 600,000 attendance mark during the 2015 season and remain Minor League Baseball‘s per game attendance leader since their debut season, with an all-time average of 9,009 fans per game.
The IronPigs have surpassed 600,000 fans annually since 2008, the longest active streak in Minor League Baseball. In total, the club drew 613,815 fans to Coca-Cola Park in 2015.
“It’s easy to throw around the term, ‘Best Fans in Minor League Baseball’ but our fan base has truly earned it by continually packing Coca-Cola Park in record numbers,” said IronPigs President & General Manager Kurt Landes. “Our goals and promises remain the same today as they were in 2008 – we will provide our community with the best and most affordable family-friendly entertainment experience in the Lehigh Valley.”
Since 2008, the IronPigs have now drawn 4,982,392 fans to Coca-Cola Park and averaged 9,009 per regular season home game — a number that significantly exceeds Coca-Cola Park’s fixed seating capacity of 8,089. Every seat in the ballpark has been sold for 389 of the 553 (70.3%) all-time regular season games – including 45 times in 70 home dates this season — with 133 all-time capacity crowds of 10,000 or more.
To keep up with seating and hospitality demand, Coca-Cola Park underwent its third significant seating project this off-season with the introduction of the “Pig Pen” – a unique seating area that puts fans directly in front of the players in the left field bullpens and just inches away from the on-field action. Previously, the club had unmasked the popular “Hot Corner” and “Bacon Strip” in 2013 and the Red Robin Tiki Terrace & Oasis in 2012.
Coca-Cola Park has been among the most acclaimed venues in professional sports since its 2008 opening, receiving numerous honors and distinctions, including Ballpark Digest’s “Ballpark of the Year” award and “Best Game Operations and Presentation” award as chosen by gameops.com. It has also drawn rave reviews for its intimacy, fan-friendly atmosphere and architectural design. Furthermore, FoxNews.com ranked Lehigh Valley IronPigs fans as the best fans in all of Minor League Baseball.