Daytona Cubs break attendance record

By Minor League Baseball | August 18, 2005 2:37 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla--The Daytona Cubs Professional Baseball Team announced that it has officially set a new single-season attendance record at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in 2005.

Following Game 2 of a three-game series against the Vero Beach Dodgers on Wednesday night, the Cubs 2005 season attendance total climbed to a record number of 110,869. With official Florida State League attendance records kept for the city of Daytona Beach since 1946, this year's mark has now eclipsed the franchise's previous single-season record of 110, 223 fans set just a year ago in 2004.

"Our entire staff is extremely proud of the way the community has continued to embrace this organization," said Daytona Cubs General Manager Bill Papierniak. "We have worked harder than ever this season through numerous ballpark renovations and new promotions to create a safe and clean atmosphere for affordable family fun, and it's refreshing to see that we have had the whole-hearted support of our fans."

The new franchise attendance record comes just months after a rigorous off-season in Daytona that included a 1.5 million dollar stadium renovation at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The renovations included a new river walk, updated lighting system, remodeled home clubhouse for the Cubs players, retro Chicago Cubs style manual scoreboard, a new picnic area and renovated bathroom & concession stand facilities.

"We would like to once again thank all the fans, the city of Daytona Beach, the Robinson family and everyone else involved who has made this 2005 campaign a huge success," said Papierniak. "The wonderful response that we have received at the ballpark this year has certainly provided us with a solid foundation that we can build on for future seasons," said Papierniak.

"I've been here for several years now and the support from the fans has always been outstanding ... but this year especially," added Cubs manager Richie Zisk. "It's always nice for the players to have the opportunity to play in front of such enthusiastic fans every single night."

The Daytona Cubs have been an Advanced-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs in the Florida State League since 1993, and have been operating under the ownership of Andrew Rayburn -- the founder of a Chagrin Falls, Ohio based LLC "Big Game Capital" -- since 2000.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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