A report on Our Sports Central indicates that Independent Leagues are more than carrying their weight when it comes to attendance this year. Overall attendance for Indies is up 11.8 %, for a total of over 8 million butts in seats for this season.
The Atlantic League paced the eight Indy leagues which maintained attendance records, finishing at 1,977,113, a 3.5 per cent increase. The Can-Am and Frontier had the biggest increases in both the raw gain and the percentage jump. The Can-Am was up 28.8 per cent and increased by more than 232,000 while the Frontier’s final count was up nearly 242,000, a 19.2 per cent boost.
I imagine most ballpark visitors would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between an Indy league team and an official MiLB team, so proximity is key. In addition, the Indy leagues have made a habit of bringing in familiar faces in the twilight years of their careers for that one last shot. And fans love to see that. Rich Garces in Nashua is a prime example, but Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco have made highly publicized comeback attempts through the Indies as well.
If there’s an Indy League team near you, drop us a line, and let us know how the play stacks up.