Two Indiana Minor League Baseball teams say they set regular season attendance records this season. The Indianapolis Indians and Fort Wayne TinCaps both topped their previous marks by more than 1,000 fans.
September 2, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. — With a standing room only crowd of 15,250 at its home finale on Aug. 30 – the largest crowd since Sept. 5, 2009 – the Indianapolis Indians established a new Victory Field record for single-season attendance. A total of 660,289 fans enjoyed Indianapolis Indians baseball in 2014.The previous record was 659,237 set in 1998.
After leading all of Minor League Baseball in attendance last season (637,579), and drawing the fifth-most fans in 2012 (595,043), the Tribe has welcomed nearly two million fans to Victory Field over the last three seasons, the most of any US-based Minor League Baseball team (1,892,911).
New franchise records within the overall attendance figure included an average attendance of 10,125 over the team’s last 53-of-72 games in the 14,230-seat ballpark, eight sellouts, and three games with more than 15,000 fans.
Corporate outings and other groups came to Victory Field in record numbers this season including one game that featured an outing of more than 5,000 guests.
In a year of attendance highlights, on Aug. 3 18-year-old Victory Field also welcomed its 11 millionth fan.About the Indianapolis Indians
The Indianapolis Indians are the professional Triple-A baseball club affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and has been in continuous operation since 1902. The Indians play their home games at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, a 14,230-seat ballpark that has received numerous local and national accolades as one of the best minor league stadiums in the United States. In 2014 the Indians' front office was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The two-time International League West Division champions led all of Minor League Baseball in 2013 in overall attendance and the Tribe was also presented with Baseball America's Triple-A Bob Freitas Award for the best overall operations at the Triple-A level. The mission of the Indianapolis Indians' is to provide Indians baseball at Victory Field as affordable and memorable family fun.
Source: Indianapolis Indians
September 2, 2014
Fort Wayne, Ind. — With a crowd of 7,805 at Parkview Field on Friday night, the TinCaps set a new record for regular season attendance. The TinCaps’ 2014 attendance of 406,715 fans surpassed the previous high of 404,932 fans in 2010.
“To go achieve our all-time record attendance in year six is amazing,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “It's incredible considering the very cold, wet, and snowy April. We share this success with all of our fans from this region. We don’t take their support for granted. We certainly appreciate the way folks in this region have embraced Parkview Field.”
Entering Friday, the TinCaps had the third highest 2014 attendance of all Class A teams, while also outdrawing 26 of 30 Double-A teams and 12 of 30 Triple-A clubs.
“I'm blessed to get to lead an amazing staff with incredible support from our owner, the City of Fort Wayne, corporate sponsors, and the media,” Nutter said. “There is no way we could do this without everyone on the same team.”
Friday night was the 25th sell-out crowd of the season at Parkview Field.
“The Padres have supplied us with another fun, talented, and exciting group of future major league players and staff and they deserve credit as well.”
The TinCaps lost Friday to first-place West Michigan, 12-9. Fort Wayne finishes its season at Bowling Green with three games Saturday-Monday. The TinCaps are a 0.5-game behind the Great Lakes Loons for the Midwest League Eastern Division wild card.
“To go over 406,000 for the first time ever in year six is a special accomplishment. The momentum and excitement in Fort Wayne is awesome to be a part of. The future is bright and I honestly believe with the support of this region we will continue to grow attendance and provide great family-friendly affordable entertainment for MANY years to come.”
TinCaps Regular Season Final Attendance Numbers
Source: Fort Wayne TinCaps