The Winnipeg Goldeyes are once again on top of independent baseball attendance figures.
For the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, the Goldeyes led all independent professional baseball teams in North America with an average attendance of 5,740 fans per game, which is almost 200 more fans per game than second place finisher, the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. The Ducks finished their season on Sunday.
In the American Association, the Goldeyes also led the league with a total attendance of 275,521 over the team’s 48 home openings.
“As an organization we worked hard during the off-season to improve the game day experience for our fans,” Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier said. “The attendance numbers show that the hard work was once again appreciated by the best fans in independent baseball, who enjoyed some great baseball and great weather during July and August.”
Prior to the 2010 season, Winnipeg led all independent baseball teams in attendance for nine consecutive seasons. The Goldeyes finished second to Long Island last season.
Winnipeg also finished 35th in attendance among the 350 affiliated, independent and summer collegiate baseball teams in North America and was one of only five independent teams to have an attendance increase from the 2010 season. There were 51 independent baseball teams that competed in the 2011 season.