PRESS RELEASE – Backed by the highest four-game attendance start in franchise history, the IronPigs surpassed the five million mark for all-time regular season attendance at Coca-Cola Park this past weekend.
Since 2008, the IronPigs have drawn 5,019,375 fans to Coca-Cola Park and averaged a Minor League Baseball best 9,011 fans per game. The Pigs have surpassed 600,000 fans annually since their debut 2008 season, the longest active streak in Minor League Baseball. In total, the club drew 613,815 fans to Coca-Cola Park in 2015.
“Our fans have proved time and time again that they are truly the best in all of Minor League Baseball,” exclaimed IronPigs President & General Manager Kurt Landes. “Reaching the five million fan mark in just over eight seasons puts our organization in exclusive company across the history of Minor League Baseball and we owe all of our success to our loyal fans and business partners.”
The all-time attendance statistics at Coca-Cola are mind-boggling with every seat in the ballpark sold for 393 of the 557 (70.6%) all-time regular season games – including all four times in four home dates this season — with 134 all-time capacity crowds of 10,000 or more. Coca-Cola Park is one of just a handful of venues in the history of Minor League Baseball to surpass five million fans in such a short period of time.
The IronPigs have drawn a franchise-record 36,983 fans to Coca-Cola Park during their first four home games of the season. This feat is even more impressive considering that both the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Bethlehem Steel FC hosted home games this weekend along with the other area entertainment options. The previous four-game attendance mark to start a season was established in 2011 when the IronPigs welcomed 33,021 fans through the turnstiles.
To keep up with seating and hospitality demand, Coca-Cola Park has undergone significant seating additions over the last nine seasons. Most recently, the club introduced the “Pig Pen” in 2015 – a unique seating area that puts fans directly in front of the players in the left field bullpens and just inches away from the on-field action. Previously, the club had unmasked the popular “Hot Corner” and “Bacon Strip” in 2013 and the Red Robin Tiki Terrace & Oasis in 2012.
Coca-Cola Park has been among the most acclaimed venues in professional sports since its 2008 opening, receiving numerous honors and distinctions, including Ballpark Digest’s “Ballpark of the Year” award and “Best Game Operations and Presentation” award as chosen by gameops.com. It has also drawn rave reviews for its intimacy, fan-friendly atmosphere and architectural design. Furthermore, FoxNews.com ranked Lehigh Valley IronPigs fans as the best fans in all of Minor League Baseball.
The IronPigs continue their season-opening homestand on Monday at 7:05 p.m. with the first Berks Dollar Dog Monday featuring $1 hot dogs throughout the entire game. To purchase individual or group tickets for tonight’s game or any upcoming contest, call (610) 841-PIGS (7447), visit the Coca-Cola Park ticket office or go online to ironpigsbaseball.com/tickets.
The 2016 IronPigs baseball season is presented by Capital BlueCross.