PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, May 30, Ted Nellis of East Northport and his family passed through the turnstiles at Bethpage Ballpark prior to the Long Island Ducks game against the Somerset Patriots. In doing so, he became the 6 millionth fan in franchise history to attend a Ducks game in their home ballpark.
PRE-GAME VIDEO: Ted Nellis, the 6 Millionth Fan, enters through the gates and throws out a ceremonial first pitch
“Reaching the 6 million fan mark in our 15th Anniversary Season reflects the continued passion and dedication shown by our fans since Day One,” says Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff. “Reaching this milestone is a testament to a fan base that has helped the Ducks become one of the most successful minor league baseball teams in the country. We are appreciative to all 6 million fans and look forward to many more.”
The Ducks became the first team in the Atlantic League’s 17-year history to reach the 6 million fan mark, despite having begun play in the league’s third year of existence (2000). Along with being the league’s all-time leader in attendance, the Ducks also have the most sellout crowds in league history (628) and have led the league in attendance a record 12 times.
Nellis was treated to a VIP experience at Bethpage Ballpark for being the lucky fan. He received a commemorative 6 millionth fan jersey, threw out a ceremonial first pitch, had his name displayed on the scoreboard and got to take a photo down on the field with his family, baseball legend Bud Harrelson and QuackerJack. Last, but not least, Nellis had his seating location upgraded to Founder/CEO Frank Boulton’s seats behind the home dugout for the game and received a complimentary luxury suite for the Ducks game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Fan Appreciation Day, which will be Sunday, September 21.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.