2014 AAA Baseball season attendance

September 2, 2014

Athletics

2014 AAA Baseball season attendance

BB&T Ballpark Charlotte Knights

WCNC 36 NBC Charlotte

CHARLOTTE- The Charlotte Knights lead all minor league teams in attendance for the 2014 season.

The number of people who went to BB&T Ballpark this year is three times the number of people who went to games, in their old baseball park located south of Charlotte in the suburb of Fort Mill SC, last year.

BB&T Ballpark will host one final baseball game. The AAA National Championship Game will take place on September 16, 2014.

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Durham Bulls set paid attendance record

Durham Bulls

Jason deBruyn
Triangle Business Journal

Durham Bulls fans broke a single-season paid attendance record this year, surpassing 533,000 viewers this year.

In addition, the team extended its affiliation with the Tampa Bay Rays through 2018.
The team’s previous attendance record was set in 2007 with total paid attendance of 521,000. The average attendance was more than 7,600, more than 450 additional fans per game compared with last season.
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Indianapolis Indians break attendance record

WISH 8 CBS Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS– The Indianapolis Indians broke their attendance record.

The team had 15,250 fans show up at the final home game of the season. This season was the most well-attended in franchise history with 660,289 fans.

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International League Attendance

Team Total Openings Average
Charlotte Knights 687,715 71 9,686
Indianapolis Indians 660,289 70 9,433
Columbus Clippers 628,980 70 8,985
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 614,888 68 9,042
Louisville Bats 567,256 71 7,990
Toledo Mud Hens 545,265 71 7,680
Buffalo Bisons 535,275 66 8,110
Durham Bulls 533,033 70 7,615
Pawtucket Red Sox 515,665 70 7,367
Rochester Red Wings 422,454 66 6,401
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 401,618 68 5,906
Norfolk Tides 358,147 68 5,267
Gwinnett Braves 303,959 71 4,281
Syracuse Chiefs 247,046 66 3,743

Source: Minor League Baseball
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Pacific Coast League Attendance

Team Total Openings Average
Sacramento River Cats 607,839 71 8,561
Round Rock Express 595,700 71 8,390
Albuquerque Isotopes 564,625 70 8,066
El Paso Chihuahuas 560,997 71 7,901
Iowa Cubs 492,060 70 7,029
Salt Lake Bees 470,565 70 6,722
Fresno Grizzlies 467,862 69 6,781
Oklahoma City RedHawks 429,190 71 6,045
Omaha Storm Chasers 393,946 70 5,628
Memphis Redbirds 381,429 67 5,693
Reno Aces 379,439 72 5,270
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 350,374 69 5,078
New Orleans Zephyrs 348,796 71 4,913
Las Vegas 51s 329,429 71 4,640
Nashville Sounds 323,961 66 4,909
Tacoma Rainiers 305,446 65 4,699

Source: Minor League Baseball
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Durham Bulls Celebrate 7th Division Title in 8 Years

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International League playoff preview

By John Wagner
Minor League Baseball

The 2014 Governors’ Cup playoffs feature a familiar cast of characters — with one exception.

Columbus, Durham and Pawtucket all have been regulars in the International League’s playoffs. Durham, for example, clinched its seventh South Division title in eight seasons this year, while Pawtucket punched its ticket to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

Meanwhile Columbus advanced to the postseason by winning the West for the first time since 2011 and the third time in five seasons. Moreover, the last five Governors’ Cup titles have been won by three teams — you guessed it: Durham, the defending champs, and Columbus have won two each, while Pawtucket claimed the other.

And then there is Syracuse.

The Chiefs ended the longest playoff drought in the International League by earning a berth in the Triple-A Governors’ Cup playoffs for the first time since 1998. What’s more, Syracuse clinched its first North Division crown since 1989 with a 6-2 victory at Pawtucket on Aug. 30.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Syracuse manager Billy Gardner said after the victory that clinched the title. “It was rowdy, we got all excited and popped some champagne. We had a really good time. It’s been a long year. These guys worked their butts off.”
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Pacific Coast League playoff preview

By Chris Jackso
Minor League Baseball

The race for the playoffs came down to the wire again in the Pacific Coast League as three of the four divisions were not clinched until the final weekend of play.

Omaha went from two games back of Oklahoma City to winning the division by 2 1/2 games, courtesy of a series sweep of Colorado Springs while the RedHawks were swept by Iowa in the season’s final series.

The Storm Chasers will now face Memphis, which held off in-state rival Nashville for the American Southern Division title.

In the Pacific Conference, Las Vegas cruised to the Southern title, while Reno had to (and did) beat Sacramento head-to-head in four of five games to clinch the Northern crown. That sets up a battle of Nevada for the conference title.

The Redbirds and Storm Chasers have gone from division rivals to playoff rivals in the span of one season, something the PCL’s 2014 realignment made possible.

Now for the first time in the PCL, a Cardinals affiliate will match up with a Royals affiliate in a Triple-A version of the I-70 rivalry.
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Video: Durham Bulls Athletic Park

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Video: BB&T Ballpark Charlotte Knights

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Video: Sacramento Raley Field

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Video: Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas

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