Tribe hitting high attendance mark

July 2, 2009
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vicfieldUnless you already have a ticket to see this Saturday�??�?�¢??s Indianapolis Indians game, you won�??�?�¢??t be able to see the Tribe�??�?�¢??s annual fireworks show unless you�??�?�¢??re watching from outside of Victory Field.

The Indians yesterday sold out their 14,500-plus-capacity home venue. It�??�?�¢??s the 13th consecutive July 4 home sellout for the city�??�?�¢??s AAA minor league baseball team. This year�??�?�¢??s standing-room-only crowd is even bigger than last year�??�?�¢??s.

It�??�?�¢??s the team�??�?�¢??s first sellout this year, but that doesn�??�?�¢??t mean the team hasn�??�?�¢??t been on an attendance tear.

In this down economy, the Indians continue to be the little engine that could. The team is averaging 7,320 fans per game through 36 home games. That�??�?�¢??s below the 8,538 the team drew last year, but Indians officials noted that attendance always picks up during the second half of the season. Last year's attendance was an eight-year high, and team officials think they could be in position to break that mark this season.

The team is already starting to get good wood on its sales and marketing efforts. Last Saturday, the team drew 12,076, followed by a crowd of 9,729 at Sunday�??�?�¢??s�???�??�?� home game and 10,097 at Monday�??�?�¢??s game.

�??�?�¢??Demand for tickets is picking up, and we feel we�??�?�¢??re in a good position,�??�?�¢?? said Indians spokesman Brian Bosma, adding that Monday�??�?�¢??s game was the best walk-up crowd of the season.

Corporate activity and group ticket sales at Victory Field also are heating up, team officials said, with the section sponsored by Coors Light doing exceptionally well.

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  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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