This past weekend marked the home finales for many Minor League Baseball squads, prompting some last minute attendance boosts. Three Pacific Coast League teams stood out, as the Albuquerque Isotopes, Fresno Grizzlies, and Memphis Redbirds all reached attendance milestones.
In Albuquerque, the Isotopes welcomed their eight millionth fan. As we noted on Saturday, the team was likely to reach the threshold over the weekend, and did so during Sunday’s home finale.
“We’ve been extremely fortunate to have such great support from the community for 14 years now, and it’s very humbling to be able to welcome our 8 millionth fan to Isotopes Park,” said Isotopes General Manager John Traub in a press statement. “We cannot thank our fans enough for their continued support throughout the years.”
It was another big weekend at Chukchansi Park for the Grizzlies, who drew a record 32,336 between Friday and Sunday. That marks the team’s busiest three-day stretch this season. Overall, the Grizzlies attracted 10,000+ fans for five of their final seven home games.
The Redbirds saw several records fall at AutoZone Park, welcoming their 10 millionth fan on Friday before drawing 11,041 fans on Saturday. Saturday’s attendance figure was the highest for an individual game since the ballpark was renovated prior to the 2015 campaign. Including Sunday’s home finale, the Redbirds drew a reported 324,581 fans in 2016, marking a nearly 17% increase from last season.
“When I purchased the Redbirds prior to the 2016 season, it was clear the St. Louis Cardinals organization had positioned the club for many years of future success,” Redbirds Principal Owner Peter B. Freund said in a press statement. “From our opening weekend we knew something special was happening downtown at AutoZone Park, and our fans have given us a dream season to build upon. We look forward to making several announcements over the coming months that will continue to facilitate the rebirth of this iconic franchise.”
“This has been an amazing season,” Redbirds President and General Manager Craig Unger said. “Many thanks to our season ticket and suite holders, sponsors, and everyone who came out to AutoZone Park this year. And a special thanks to the Redbirds staff, whose tireless work this season continues to make the fan experience, and AutoZone Park, the best in Minor League Baseball.”