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Indians score increase in attendance, lead Minor League Baseball

September 5, 2017
KEYWORDS Sports Business

For the second straight year, the Indianapolis Indians led all 160 Minor League Baseball franchises in attendance.

This season, the Tribe brought in 641,141 fans through the turnstiles at Victory Field on the west edge of downtown. That’s about a 1 percent increase over the 636,888 the team drew last year, but a bit lower than the 662,536 the team drew to its home games in 2015.

In addition to total attendance, the Indians also led MiLB in average attendance this past season, with 9,159 fans per game.

Indians attendance increased in 2017 over 2016 despite having one fewer game (70 in 2017, 71 in 2016) due to postponements and league scheduling adjustments.

The Indians have long been an attendance leader among minor league teams.

Indianapolis led MiLB in attendance in 2013, finished runner-up to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2014, and was third in 2015 behind Sacramento and Charlotte.

“We’re very grateful the Indianapolis and central Indiana communities continue to support us year in and year out,” Randy Lewandowski, Indians president and general manager, said in written remarks. “There are so many wonderful options for entertainment in our city, but there’s something special about a baseball game at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. Our staff’s commitment to providing a first-class experience is unmatched, and we see that in achievements like this.”

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