An attendance record is about to fall in Victoria, as the Victoria HarbourCats are set to break the West Coast League high mark on Friday.
A remarkable season for the HarbourCats has included a West Coast League record 19-game winning streak, and a WCL North Division first half title that secured the first playoff berth for a Victoria-based baseball team at this level since 1952. Additionally, the HarbourCats have set a new franchise record with 36 wins, with five games remaining, and have secured first overall in the standings, ensuring home-field advantage as long as the team stays alive in the playoffs.
The 2016 season has been a record setting one for the HarbourCats, but this weekend it will be about the fans.
A total regular season attendance of 48,536 has the HarbourCats in position to surpass 50,000 in total attendance this Friday, August 5 when they open their series against Yakima Valley. According to the WCL’s records on Pointstreak, it will be the first time a WCL team has surpassed 50,000 in regular season attendance.
The HarbourCats are also in line to set a new team and league record for per-game attendance, maintaining an average of 2,022 per game entering their final homestand, or 112 more per game than last year’s 1,910 per game. Victoria has led the WCL in average attendance each of the past two seasons, and now looks to become the first team in league history to surpass 2,000 in average attendance.
This weekend promises to be a fantastic celebration of another phenomenal baseball season in Victoria, and a great tune-up for the upcoming WCL playoffs, which come to Victoria next Wednesday, August 10.