AKRON, Ohio -- The Akron Aeros finished the 2013 home schedule at Canal Park with 295,459 fans in 70 openings, for a per game average of 4,220. It is the first attendance increase since 2011 and the most fans at Canal Park since drawing 316,836 in 2009.
"The entire Aeros staff is humbled, flattered, and proud of the response and support we received from the great fans and citizens of Akron and northeast Ohio," said general manager Jim Pfander. "From day one when Ken Babby took ownership of the team, the goal was to dedicate ourselves to a renewed effort of connecting with the community. I think the increase in attendance shows people are recognizing Canal Park is the place to be for affordable family fun."
In addition, despite the cold early-season weather and frequent rain this summer, the 70 openings are the most at Canal Park since 1998, the year after the park opened.
"Our grounds crew led by Chris Walsh and Ryan Olszewski deserve a ton of credit for making Canal Park's playing surface Major-League caliber on a nightly basis. Because of their outstanding effort, we were able to match the franchise record for openings when the weather normally would have cost the team at least half a dozen games," said Pfander.
The Aeros open the 2014 season, its 18th since moving to Canal Park and becoming the Aeros, on April 3 at the Binghamton Mets and open the home schedule on April 10 against the Bowie BaySox at 6:35 p.m.