Hosted by the Richmond Flying Squirrels at The Diamond, Wednesday’s Eastern League All-Star Game drew 9,560 fans, the most in the Eastern League All-Star Game’s recorded history.
Since their inaugural season at The Diamond in 2010, the Flying Squirrels have traditionally draw strong attendance numbers–a trend that continues with their league-leading average of 5,987 fans per-game through 43 openings this season. That level of fan enthusiasm carried over to Wednesday’s All-Star Game, which was played before a reported sellout crowd of 9,560.
On the field, the action resulted in a 5-0 victory for the Western Division All-Stars. Helping to lead the way for the Western Division was the Flying Squirrels’ own Jacob Heyward, who homered in the sixth inning and was given the game’s MVP honor.
Wednesday marked the first time that the Eastern League has staged its All-Star Game at The Diamond. Prior to that, The Diamond’s only turn at hosting an All-Star Game came in 1992, when it was the site of the Triple-A All-Star Game.
The Diamond originally opened in 1985 for the Richmond Braves (Class AAA; International League), and was home to that franchise until it relocated to Gwinnett County, GA prior to the 2009 season. The Flying Squirrels have played at The Diamond since 2010, their first season after moving from Norwich, CT.