The South Bend Silver Hawks (Low Class A; Midwest League) and Elmira Pioneers (summer collegiate; Perfect Game League) hit important attendance milestones this week.
In South Bend, the Silver Hawks have already attracted more fans this season to Covaleski Stadium than in all of 2011. After Monday night, the Silver Hawks have drawn 115,137 fans over 47 games, for an average of 2,450. Ballpark improvements -- splash pad, upgraded concessions, kids' offerings, outdoor suites -- and upgraded management under new owner Andrew Berlin and GM Joe Hart are credited with the attendance gains.
In Elmira, the Pioneers have set a league attendance with 43,734 fans at Dunn Field, with a serious chunk of the season left to play.
“The Pioneers set new collegiate team records the last two years and the change in ownership has carried them to stratospheric heights.” said PGCBL President Jeff Kunion. “With almost half a season to go, the Pioneers have already eclipsed last year’s record of 35,453.” The Pioneers currently are third in summer-collegiate attendance per game at 2,916; the Northwoods League's Madison Mallards (5,981 fans per game) and La Crosse Loggers (2,918 fans per game) pace summer circuits.
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