Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Real Fans...Real Baseball...Don't Miss Out

RT Staff Note: As a response to our post yesterday, we did some research on how well some of these Big 12 and SEC teams draw. They draw well...even in inclement weather. Below are news clippings from various SEC sites as well as attendance figures from selected games.

Baseball Setting Attendance Records

Courtesy: Phil Pierce, Athletic Media Relations

FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas baseball team is 9-2 on the year and the Razorback fans are showing their support as they come to Baum Stadium in record numbers for the 21st-ranked team in the nation.

The Razorbacks set non-conference series attendance records this past weekend when they took two of three games from California as 21,429 fans packed Baum Stadium for the three-game set. The Razorbacks also set a record for tickets sold for a three-game non-conference series with 25,529. Friday night’s series opener brought the 17th largest crowd ever to Baum Stadium with 8,426 fans including more than 1,800 University of Arkansas students. The Hogs sold 9,230 tickets to the first scheduled night game of the season, 11th on the all-time tickets sold list.

The attendance records set during the California series crushed the actual attendance record of 16,550 which was set March 4-6, 2005 when the Razorbacks swept Illinois-Chicago. The previous tickets sold mark came two years ago, Feb. 23-25, 2007, when Arkansas sold 21,470 tickets for the Illinois State series.

The Razorback nation also broke Arkansas’ opening day record for both tickets sold and actual attendance on Feb. 20. The first game of the season against Washington State brought 6,523 fans to Baum Stadium and sold 8,297 tickets to break the previous bests of 4,258 actual and 6,902 tickets sold for the 2006 home opener against Louisiana Tech.

The Razorbacks continue their season with their first road game on Tuesday evening at Centenary in Shreveport, La., beginning at 6 p.m. For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Record Crowd Watches Win, Opening of Alex Box Stadium

by www.LSUsports.net

BATON ROUGE -- Leftfielder Blake Dean blasted a three-run homer and centerfielder Jared Mitchell had three RBI as the Tigers exploded for a 12-3 victory over Villanova (0-1) in the season-opener in the new Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (1-0), who are ranked No.1 by Collegiate Baseball and USA Today/ESPN, captured their eighth-straight home opener in front of a crowd of 9,054 in the new stadium’s inaugural contest.

There are more stories.

At the University of Georgia...
ATHENS-----A season-opening Foley Field record crowd of 3,044 saw No. 14 Georgia pound out 17 hits and take advantage of seven Youngstown State errors in a 15-2 win over the Penguins on Friday.

At Texas A&M...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Clayton Ehlert struck out a career-high nine over seven innings of work and Travis Starling picked up his third save of the year, a five-out effort, as No. 4 Texas A&M held on for a 2-1 win over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday night before 3,530 fans at Olsen Field.

Attendance at Mississippi's first game at their newly renovated stadium was 5996.

Attendance at Florida States Dick Howser Stadium on opening night was 5601.

The Texas Longhorns drew 5333 on their season opener at DischFalk Field.

The University of Oklahoma averages over 1,000 per game.

Get the picture??? Let's get out there folks and support your local collegiate team. We aren't talking about a few hundred fans that go to watch these games. Look at the attendance numbers...There are thousands attending these great games.

California...there's no excuse..These games are inexpensive and some of the best baseball you will ever watch. And for the family...Sodas are $2, Dogs and burgers under $4 and seeds a buck. No price gouging...no out of site pricing tactics...Just good baseball at a great price.

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