Indians continue to defy odds, draw bigger crowds

August 22, 2011
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Even as Wall Street staggers and the economy wavers, the Indianapolis Indians, the city’s minor league baseball team, continues to score.

The Indians’ attendance increased from 549,552 in 2009 to 569,969 in 2010. After a strong weekend, the team will almost certainly see a solid attendance increase this year over last, and still has an outside shot at eclipsing 600,000 this season.

Following a weekend in which the Indians drew 34,405 fans over three games at Victory Field, the club’s year-to-date attendance has now surpassed the 500,000 mark. The Indians year-to-date attendance continues to track ahead of last year’s pace.

Through 63 home dates played this season the Indians have drawn a total of 516,355 fans compared to 503,583 through the same number of dates last season. Earlier this season, the Indians welcomed the nine millionth fan to attend an Indians game at Victory Field since the ballpark opened on July 11, 1996.

The creativity of the team's marketing staff and its myriad game-day promotions have no doubt aided the attendance lift. The opening of the 1,005-room JW Marriott directly north of Victory Field certainly hasn't hurt either.

The Indians next home game is Monday at 7 p.m. against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The IronPigs are managed by Hall-of-Famer and former Chicago Cubs star Ryne Sandberg. The Indians are chasing the Iron Pigs for a playoff spot.

Only two of the Tribe’s remaining eight home games fall on a weekend, which could dim its chances of hitting the 600,000 attendance mark. But if you’re not playing in the NFL, and you’re still seeing growth in this economy, most sports economists would consider that a big win.

The stock of this publicly (and thinly) traded company is one of the few sure bets to hold its value during these tumultuous times.
 
 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

ADVERTISEMENT