PRESS RELEASE – The first-year Klamath Falls Gems tonight drew 4,156 paid fans to Kiger Stadium, obliterating the West Coast League single-game attendance record. The previous record of 3,506 was set on July 3, 2009 by the Corvallis Knights.
“This record shows what a dedicated staff can do when a clear goal is put in front of them,” Gems General Manager Chuck Heeman said. “About a month ago, our staff picked this night to align a focused, persistent ticket sales effort with a stated goal of breaking this record. We knew early on that it would be a big night, as it’s one of our nicer giveaway nights. But we decided to add to it with prizes from corporate partners, blocks of ticket sales to some local companies who have seen the value of aligning with the Gems, and it worked. Our staff did a fantastic job and they’re to be congratulated.”
The Gems partnered with the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, the Herald and News newspaper, and nearly 30 local companies to bring together the largest single-game crowd in league history. With a mini-bat giveaway from the Herald and News, and each of the local companies donating giveaways ranging from gift certificates to lawn furniture and grills, the night was a success and a proud moment in Klamath Falls baseball history.
“We can’t say enough about the companies who worked with us on this, and about the Herald and News,” Heeman said. “We specifically approached local companies who weren’t already corporate partners – part of our goal was to bring in new business, and to help new corporate partners see the value in being a part of Gems Baseball. Our goal here is to build on this and make the Gems a sustainable financial and entertainment success. Knowing this is possible helps us to achieve that goal.”
Local companies who participated in the record-setting night were (among others): County Cork Collectibles, South Valley Bank & Trust, Nibbly’s Restaurant, Sterling Savings Bank, Adora Salon, Big Lots, Red Rooster Grill & Pub, The Ledge, Klamath Board Sports, Les Schwab Tires, Klamath Basin Equipment, KOA Campground, Triad School, Stearns Lending, Images Salon, Neil Walle D.D.S., Roe Outfitters and the Klamath Falls Sunrise Rotary Club.
The Gems increased the team’s average attendance to 1,165 (from 999) per game with the new record crowd.