Ballpark Business Releases 2012 Summer Collegiate Attendance Rankings

The 2012 summer collegiate baseball regular season has come to a close, and our annual Summer Collegiate Top 50 per game average attendance rankings are now available.  For the third year in a row, every team in our Top 50 cracked 1,000 fans per game.

Topping our list once again are the unstoppable Madison Mallards (Northwoods League) with a mind-numbing 6,278 fans per game.  After nine seasons at #2, the LaCrosse Loggers (Northwoods League) have been knocked down to #3 by the Elmira Pioneers (Perfect Game League).  Under new ownership, the Pioneers jumped from 1,478 per game last year to 3,021 this year.  According to Perfect Game League president Jeff Kunion, “[t]he numbers are real. The new owners ran the Elmira minor league hockey team for ten years and have tapped into the many groups that supported the Elmira Jackals.”

Taking a tumble from #3 out of the Top 50 are the Holyoke Blue Sox (New England Collegiate Baseball League).  We smelled something fishy last year when the Blue Sox went from 1,181 fans per game in 2010 to 2,510 in 2011.  It looks like the reporting problem has been corrected.

The lone bright spot for Team Canada remains the Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League) coming in at #5 with over 2,200 fans per game.  The O’Dawgs may get a run for their money next season, when a new franchise from the West Coast League takes up residence at Victoria’s (BC) Royal Athletic Park.

Three important newcomers to the list are the Brockton Rox (#12), Pittsfield Suns (#31), and Nashua Silver Knights (#50) from the second-year Futures Collegiate Baseball League.  Brockton made the switch from the indy pro Can-Am League, Pittsfield was revived by The Goldklang Group, and the Silver Knights are being operated by the Single-A Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League).  Expect this trend to continue, as experienced operators see more economical opportunities at the summer-collegiate level.

This year’s top performing leagues include the Northwoods and Coastal Plain, both with 11 teams in the Top 50, the Cape Cod with seven (7) teams, and the West Coast with six (6) teams.  View rankings here.

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