The Atlantic League’s newest franchise; Sugar Land Skeeters, are making quite the impression.
The team, which is the brainchild of ODP Chairman Peter Kirk and Partner, 16-time Gold Glover, Brooks Robinson has seen record breaking attendance numbers after only one month.
A four games series between April 26 – April 29 pulled in an average game attendance of nearly 7,400 and 29,413 total over the four-game stretch according to oursportscentral.com. That ranks fifth among 200 minor league teams in the nation.
With a $27.9 million stadium filled to the rafters, the Skeeters are undoubtedly making their mark and solidifying themselves as a force when compared to the other teams from the east.
With capacity reaching 6,000, this state of the art minor league stadium “will also generate economic activity annually of approximately $7.7 million or a net return of $169 million over 30 years on the investment of the City and ODP.”
At present date the top ten average attendances per team are:
1. Dayton Dragons Midwest 8,513
2. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs International 8,107
3. Louisville Bats International 7,669
4. Round Rock Express Pacific Coast 7,432
5. Sugar Land Skeeters Atlantic 7,353
6. Frisco Rough Riders Texas 6,745
7. Albuquerque Isotopes Pacific Coast 6,698
8. Columbus Clippers International 6,635
9. Fresno Grizzlies Pacific Coast 6,340
10. Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast 6,210
To be ranked so high as a first-year team is a testament to the management team when related to preparation, marketing and results.
I say this as the Skeeters currently sit near the bottom of the Freedom Division, but number one in attendance. Independent Baseball is not about results, it’s about location, the fans and the atmosphere.
It looks like the Skeeters have perfect this formula so far.
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