ASHEVILLE-- McCormick Field has hosted Asheville Tourists baseball since 1924. In no season prior to 2017 has the Tourists home ballpark had as many fans pass through the gates during the regular season as it did this year.
Over the course of 68 home games, the Asheville Tourists drew an all-time regular season attendance record of 184,019 total fans. The number of fans per game averages out to 2,706. The Tourists lost a total of two home dates due to inclement weather.
"The fans really made this season one to remember," said Tourists president Brian DeWine. "I want to thank all of the fans who came out to McCormick Field for their support and for being a part of a record-setting 2017."
July 4, 2017 was the most attended game of the year. Asheville drew an Independence Day crowd of 4,271. Opening day, April 13, 2017, was the second highest attended game of the season at 4,270. Seven of the 68 gate openings drew over 4,000 fans including Wednesday, August 9, where kids who completed a summer reading program were honored for their accomplishments.
The Asheville Hippies night, Thursday, June 29, was the fifth highest attended game in 2017. 4,200 fans watched the Asheville Hippies take on the Greenville Professional Baseball team. That night the organization raised over $2,200 for the Asheville Tourists Children's Fund Charity.
The Tourists previous regular-season attendance record was set in 2016 when the team drew nearly 1,000 fans less than this season.
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