Pios "Pack the Park" for Second Straight Year
The Elmira Pioneers of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League finished among the nation’s top three in summer collegiate attendance for the second year in a row according to Ballpark Digest. The web site released its annual summer collegiate attendance rankings on Tuesday. The full set of numbers can be found at the links below.
Among 166 summer collegiate teams nationwide, the Elmira Pioneers were third in both total overall attendance (73,066) and attendance per game (2,922). For the third year in a row, the Pioneers set a new franchise record for total attendance; the previous record set last season was 66,478. Elmira was one of three teams to draw over 70,000 fans and average at least 2,900 fans per game.
The Pioneers were the top-drawing team in the Northeast and finished third in the national attendance rankings behind the Madison Mallards and the LaCrosse Loggers of the Northwoods League. Elmira packed 3,000 fans or more into Dunn Field 12 times in 25 home games.
The Pioneers drew four crowds of 4,000-plus and boasted the largest crowd of the PGCBL season (4,471), and third largest in league history, on July 26 for a Fireworks Night game against the Albany Dutchmen.
As a league, the PGCBL placed seven teams in the top half of the national rankings for average attendance. Elmira, Amsterdam (49), Mohawk Valley (66), Newark (72), Watertown (76), Glens Falls (78) and Cooperstown (83) all finished in the top 50-percent of ranked teams.
Ballpark Digest looked at attendance numbers from 14 different summer collegiate leagues across the country. For the second year in a row, the PGCBL was fifth nationally in average attendance. On average, league teams drew around 900 fans per game. The PGCBL welcomed in over 210,000 fans for the second-straight season. The league also set a new attendance record for the All-Star Game; 2,120 fans attended the game on July 24 at Newark's Colburn Park.