The South Bend Cubs have set a regular season attendance record for the third consecutive year. The team says 350,803 fans came to Four Winds Field during the 2016 season.
The announcement came during the team’s final regular season game Monday against the Dayton Dragons, whom the Cubs defeated 3-0. The new record topped 2015’s attendance by more than 3,000 fans.
"The South Bend Cubs continue to exceed expectations, especially those related to attendance and to fan experience," Jeff Rea, chief executive officer of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, said last week. "The team has been a tremendous catalyst to growth and development efforts in the downtown area and across the region and serves as an example of the great momentum this area is experiencing. As projects continue to progress around the ballpark and throughout the downtown area, we suspect the years ahead will continue challenge ballpark attendance records."
Cubs owner Andrew Berlin received approval last month from the South Bend Redevelopment Commission for his $21 million mixed-used development at Four Winds Field, known as Berlin Place, which will feature 120 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail space. Construction is expected to begin in November.
The Cubs begin their playoff run Thursday at Four Winds Field.