RiverHawks’ attendance increase among best in baseball
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July 31, 2006 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Attendance at Rockford RiverHawks games has increased at a level few teams in professional baseball have matched.

The RiverHawks, who opened RiverHawks Stadium this season, have averaged more than 2,300 fans per game, a 13-percent increase over last year. According to the July 31 issue of Baseball America, just 10 teams have increased their attendance by 16.43 percent or more.

The RiverHawks complete a nine-game homestand, the longest of the year, tonight at 7:05 p.m. Each of the last three nights, the team has enjoyed near-sellout crowds in the 3,279-seat stadium. The RiverHawks announced a paid crowd of 3,020 for Saturday’s game.

“This shows the great support we’ve received from our fans, as our attendance continues to grow each homestand,” RiverHawks general manager Josh Olerud said. “We have just 12 home games left after tonight, and with our presells for the remaining dates, we anticipate being right up there with those top-10 teams.”

Through 35 game dates in 2006, the RiverHawks have totaled 81,473, an average of 2,328. Greenville of the Class A South Atlantic League leads affiliated baseball with a 184.21-percent increase. Nine other teams fall between 16.43 and 25.68 percent.

The RiverHawks totaled 103,248, an average of 2,065, for 50 openings in 2005, the team’s final year at Marinelli Field. The team has increased its total attendance in each season since it moved from Springfield in November 2001.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 10-team independent professional baseball league in its 14th season in 2006. Advertising, ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. All games are broadcast live on WRHL-FM, 102.3 – the Hub and online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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