Season Attendance Reaches Record Level in Daytona

Previous Mark Shattered with Seven Home Games Remaining
 

[DAYTONA BEACH, FL] — For the fourth time in five years, the Daytona Cubs have broken the regular-season attendance record for Jackie Robinson Ballpark. With the competition of yesterday’s suspended game and today’s Thirsty Thursday, that featured the Cubs and St. Lucie Mets splitting the two games, the event raised Daytona’s season total to 149,825 people to see a game at “The Jack” for the 2008 season. This breaks the previous mark of 147,677 fans set during the 2006 campaign.

Daytona Cubs General Manager Bill Papierniak attributes the record high to the best fans in the Florida State League. “We would like to thank all the fans, the City of Daytona Beach, Volusia County, the Robinson family and everyone else involved who has made this 2008 season a huge success,” said Papierniak, in his fifth season with the Cubs and fourth as G.M. “Our staff can attempt to do anything to bring fans out here, but the fans still have to want to support our team. We’re fortunate to have that type of fan-base here on the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach’.”

The Cubs are currently atop the Florida State League with a season average of 2,539 fans per game through August 14. At the current pace, Daytona would end up setting the record at more than 167,000 fans — which would also place the Cubs in the Top-5 All-Time in the FSL.

“Our front office staff has done a great job of bringing in area businesses to be a big part of the team.” Papierniak said. “With our local partners, our staff and the best fans in Minor League Baseball we knew this would be a special season.”

Daytona manager Jody Davis is in his second season with the Cubs and has enjoyed the huge crowds that have made it out to the ballpark this year. “These fans have been great all season and it’s been a lot of fun to be able to come out of the dugout and have the support of so many large crowds,” Davis said. “The sad thing is that I think we would have had a ton of more people out here these last couple of games but some light showers in the afternoon probably scared some people away.”

Following their game tonight, Aug. 14, the Cubs have seven home games at Jackie Robinson Ballpark remaining this season. Join the Cubs as they continue to set the record at each remaining home game this season by attending a game at “The Jack.” For tickets please call (386) 257-3172 or log onto www.daytonacubs.com.