News release from the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs:
Midwest League has record-setting 2015 season
(September 23, 2015) – As the last out was recorded Monday evening by the champion West Michigan Whitecaps in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Midwest League closed a record-setting 2015 season.
- The Midwest League set a regular season attendance record during 2015 drawing 4,233,904 fans breaking the previous record set in 2010, of 4,184,843 fans. This total was (1) 10% of all fans who attended every Minor League Baseball (“MiLB”) game throughout all MiLB Leagues, and (2) exceeded every other League except for the Class AAA Leagues, International and Pacific Coast.
- The post-season saw an additional 32,479 fans through the turnstiles, the highest since 2010 when the playoffs brought in 34,686 fans. Without question, the enthusiasm of the fans at the playoff games exceeded anything experienced before.
- A number of clubs either continued record streaks or set new attendance records:
- Dayton continued its consecutive home sell out streak which began in 2000 and once again was the number 1 Class A team in attendance; exceeded every Class AA team; and number 8 in all of MiLB
- South Bend and Quad Cities set attendance records-South Bend exceeding 300,000 fans for the first time in its history by drawing 348,000 fans.
- Fort Wayne had its highest per game average attendance and would have set an all timeÂ attendance record had it not had 3 rain outs during the season.
- Kane County finished in the top 30 in attendance in MiLB, and second in the Midwest League.
- The remainder of Midwest League Clubs had very strong results which helped to contribute to a League wide record setting season.
President Dick Nussbaum, completing his first year in this role commented: “The Sixteen (16) Midwest League Clubs have shown they are the very best in Minor League Baseball, and as we congratulate our champion, the West Michigan Whitecaps, all Clubs can take a bow for this record setting season. The 2016 Season can not come soon enough.”