Coca-Cola Park nearly 646,000 fans come through the gates this season (Photo courtesy of IronPigs).
IronPigs Finish Season with Average of 9,227 Fans per Game
Allentown, Penn. (Monday, September 6, 2010) – A sellout crowd packed into Coca-Cola Park today to see the Lehigh Valley IronPigs fall in an extra inning thriller to the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees, 4-3, officially making the IronPigs the most viewed team in Minor League Baseball (MiLB). A total of 645,905 fans, an average of 9,227 spectators a game, came out to Coca-Cola Park this season, both of which are franchise records.
“We have never been more proud of our community and our extremely loyal fan base,” IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes stated. “As evidenced by the record-breaking turnout this year, we are 100% convinced that our fans are the very best in all of Minor League Baseball. Our organization is happier than a pig in slop that so many people have chosen Coca-Cola Park for a convenient, affordable and enjoyable sports and entertainment experience.”
Coca-Cola Park, which was home to the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game, has a seating capacity of 8,089, yet the stadium has averaged 8,954 fans for the IronPigs since the team opened the venue in 2008. The stadium was named the “Ballpark of the Year” by the National Ballpark Digest in its inaugural season, and nearly 80 percent of IronPigs games have been sellouts since the team was founded. All but 10 of its 70 games during the 2010 season resulted in being filled to capacity.
MiLB boasts 160 affiliated clubs throughout the continent, and the IronPigs serve as the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Each of the member teams were included in attendance figures, with the Sacramento RiverCats, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, coming in behind Lehigh Valley with an average of 9,138 patrons a game. The top three was rounded out by the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, which came in with an average of 8,946 fans a contest.
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