The South Bend Silver Hawks have officially beat their team’s single season attendance record. The Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks drew 5,012 people out to “The Cove” Friday night in their final game of the season. That was good enough to top the record set in 1994.
The attendance record has stood for twenty years. But the changes to Four Winds Field have proven to be a big success with locals, drawing out both diehard baseball fans and families alike. Stadium attractions include wrap-around seating, outdoor suites, improved food options, a new right field jumbotron screen, a splash pad and kids’ play area.
All of those entertainment options, on top of a winning record and a playoff-bound team, were plenty of reason to attract the 258,836 people who showed up to games at Four Winds Field. That was enough to beat the 1994 record by only 412.
“It is very exciting because as an organization we have worked hard to engage the community,” team president Joe Hart told the South Bend Voice last week. “We have the best fans in baseball and I am excited for the community to have an opportunity to break this record. It is not every day a franchise sets a new attendance record 27 years into their existence.”
Fans enjoyed post-game fireworks after the South Bend Silver Hawks closed the home game portion of their season with a 6 to 1 victory over Bowling Green. The Silver Hawks will play a home playoff game on September 4 against Lake County (Illinois).