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Sports Business

Indians crush season attendance mark

September 8, 2015
KEYWORDS Sports Business

The Indianapolis Indians drew a standing-room-only crowd of 14,828 to Victory Field for Saturday’s home finale, a victory over Toledo, to run the team’s season total to a record 662,536.

Last year, the Indians drew 660,289, which bested the previous record of 659,237, set in 1998.

The Tribe was running about 2,000 ahead of last year’s record attendance heading into the team’s final four-game home stand, which ended Saturday. The Indians drew 8,412 on Wednesday, 7,751 on Thursday and 12,644 on Friday.

The Indians, a Triple A minor league affiliate of MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates, have now scored year-over-year attendance increases for six consecutive years, growing from 549,552 in the 2009 season to 637,579 in 2013.

New franchise highs were set in 2015 for tickets sold through the team’s website, IndyIndians.com, group tickets, and for use of the ballpark’s picnic areas. The Indians also posted a record number of sellouts (nine) and 28 crowds of at least 10,000 in the 14,200-seat ballpark.

“With 2015 on record as the second-wettest summer in the history of the city, we are especially grateful to our fans who supported us,” said General Manager Randy Lewandowski.
 

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