Over the weekend the Trenton Thunder (Class AA; Eastern League) achieved a major attendance milestone, topping the nine-million fan mark.
The plateau was reached and surpassed on Saturday, when the Thunder hosted the Binghamton Mets in front of more than 7,000 fans at ARM & Hammer Park. With that total, the Thunder joined the Reading Fightin’ Phils as only the second team in the Eastern League to surpass nine million fans. The Thunder received strong support upon their arrival from London, Ontario in 1994, and that trend has continued over the ensuing 22 seasons. More from The Trentonian:
Arm & Hammer Park hit the milestone Saturday night after welcoming a sold-out, standing room only crowd of 7,327 for a game against the Binghamton Mets.
“It just shows the success of the Trenton Thunder organization over a long period of time in the 23 years that we’ve been around,” General Manager Jeff Hurley said. “The employees and the staff before us, and the current staff now, it’s just a reward for them to show their hard work and dedication really paid off over the years.”
The nine millionth fan to enter ARM & HAMMER Park was Lisa Ford of Burlington County, NJ. She received a prize package that includes, but is not limited to, access to a luxury suite for a future game, nine autographed baseballs from former Thunder players, four 10 game Pic-a-Plan tickets for next season, and much more.
Through Saturday’s game, the Thunder’s all-time attendance mark stood at 9,002,719 fans. The team drew an additional 5,729 spectators to Sunday’s contest, bringing the franchise’s total attendance figure to 9,008,448.