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Experience establishes Silver Knights in Nashua market

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Nashua Silver Knights

The Nashua Silver Knights (summer collegiate; Futures Collegiate Baseball League) are seeing an uptick at the box office this season, as a second season at historic Holman Stadium is reassuring fans the team is there to stay.

Baseball has had a bumpy history at Holman Stadium in recent years; indy baseball failed to gain a foothold despite the efforts of several owners in two different circuits.

However, it's becoming apparent that the Silver Knights, now in the midst of their season season, are winning the trust of the locals. Start with some good ownership -- Drew Weber also owns the successful Lowell Spinners (short season A; NY-Penn League) -- and a good front office, led by Tim Bawmann and Jon Goode, and you've got the foundation of success. The team didn't draw that well in 2011 (just 869 fans per game), but this year's average of 1,125 fans a game is a vast improvement, and there's still plenty of room for improvement.

Speaking of attendance, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League has four teams averaging more than 1,000 fans a game: the Brockton Rox (1,665 fans a game), Pittsfield Suns (1,322 fans a game), the Silver Knights and the North Shore Navigators (1,006 fans a game). That's a major accomplishment for a league where no teams averaged more than 900 fans per game last season.

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