A major attendance milestone is on tap, as the Portland Sea Dogs (Class AA; Eastern League) are set to welcome their nine millionth fan. That threshold is expected to be reached on Thursday, when the Sea Dogs take on the Trenton Thunder at Hadlock Field.
The 9 millionth fan will receive a Sea Dogs prize package including a pair of Sea Dogs season tickets for the next nine seasons, nine $25.00 gift cards to Rivalries Sports Bar & Grill, nine car washes at Scrub-A-Dub, a #9 Sea Dogs jersey, and will get to throw out a ceremonial first-pitch prior to the game.
Through 64 games this season, the Sea Dogs rank third in the league in attendance having attracted 335,577 fans, an average of 5,243 per game.
The 2016 season is the 23rd season of play for the Sea Dogs. In the team’s first season in 1994, the Sea Dogs established a new Eastern League record in attendance as 375,197 fans made their way to Hadlock Field. Since that time the Sea Dogs have consistently drawn around 400,000 fans annually and rank among the attendance leaders in Double-A baseball.
Attending a Sea Dogs game remains an affordable outing for families, with tickets ranging in price between $6 and $11.
Besides enjoying a fun, affordable family entertainment, fans have been fortunate to see many of today’s Boston Red Sox stars develop including Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Clay Buchholz, Dustin Pedroia, and others.