It may not have been a banner year attendance-wise for the Akron Aeros this season, but not so in the Eastern League overall.
While the Aeros announcing a season attendance of 261,563 (an average of 3,791 that ranked eighth out of the 12-team league), the E.L. office recently announced a new total attendance record with 3,966,241 fans during the 2010 seson. That tops the previous attendance mark of 3,944,185 set during the 2005 season.
The record attendance total this season marks a seven percent increase over the
total attendance in 2009.
"I am extremely proud of all of our member clubs for breaking the Eastern League total
attendance record this season," E.L. President Joseph McEacharn said in a press release. "Breaking this record shows our clubs are doing as good a job as ever in providing our fans with the affordable, family entertainment they know can be found at all of our ballparks."
Leading the way in attendance in the league this season was the newest member of the Eastern League in the Richmond Flying Squirrels, who drew league-best totals of 463,842 overall fans as well as ranked tops in average attendance, with 6,626 fans per game passing through the turnstiles at The Diamond.
Other attendance highlights around the league this season included the Harrisburg
Senators and New Britain Rock Cats setting new single-season attendance records. Additionally, the Trenton Thunder welcomed the 7-millionth fan in franchise history, the Altoona Curve their 4-millionth fan and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats their 2-millionth fan during the 2010 campaign.