Entering Tuesday night’s contest with the Long Island Ducks, the Somerset Patriots are just 8,118 fans away from the milestone. With three more home games this week, the Somerset Patriots should hit their 6,000,000th Fan by Thursday’s contest.
To commemorate the milestone, the Somerset Patriots have a special celebration planned to select an Honorary 6,000,000th Fan at the ballpark. Through September 1st, fans will be able to sign up to be entered into a drawing to be named the 6,000,000th Fan.
Six people will be chosen and invited back to the Sunday, September 13th where the 6,000,000th Fan will be announced down on the field during the game from among the six finalists.
The 6,000,000th Fan will receive a prize pack including team memorabilia, 2016 Season Tickets, a suite night for family and friends in 2016, a team signed bat, a 6,000,000th Fan Patriots Jersey, and special prizes from marketing partners of the team.
“We are excited to welcome our 6,000,000th fan. It’s been our absolute pleasure to serve our fans for 16 years and their support has made us the very best in minor league baseball. The milestone will not only be for us as an organization, but a testament to a fan base and community that has made TD Bank Ballpark its home away from home,” said Patrick McVerry, President/General Manager of the Somerset Patriots.
The Somerset Patriots welcomed their 5,000,000th fan in team history on September 12, 2012.
Right before game time, Ivan Candelaria entered the main gate with his wife Marcela and three-year old son Landon and became the 5,000,000th fan.
The team’s 4,000,000th fan was reached on May 21, 2010 when Gregory Begg of Basking Ridge, escorted by his three children, entered the gates at 7:25 pm and became the 4,000,000th fan to attend a game since the ballpark opened in June of 1999.
Kori Knapp of Martinsville became the 3,000,000th fan as she walked through the turnstiles on Thursday, June 14, 2007.
In 2004, the Patriots welcomed their 2,000,000th fan to a game on August 13thwhen Bob Berry of South Plainfield became the Honorary 2,000,000th Fan.
The Patriots reached the 1,000,000th fan in team history on August 30, 2001. At the time, the Patriots were the fastest independent minor league team to reach that number, achieving the milestone in less than 200 openings when Michele Shivers of Basking Ridge had become the Honorary 1,000,000th Fan.
The Patriots have averaged over 5,200 fans per game and over 360,000 fans per season since the 1999 season when they opened TD Bank Ballpark.
For more information about the 2015 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, visit http://www.somersetpatriots.com.