FRISCO, Texas (July 20, 2018) - Boosted by one of the most anticipated promotional events in team history, the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, established a new single-game attendance record Friday night by welcoming 12,067 fans to Dr Pepper Ballpark for the game against the San Antonio Missions.
The record crowd sweated through triple-digit temperatures to enjoy the ballgame and a one-of-a-kind live ballpark appearance by Dude Perfect, the Frisco-based sports entertainment group whose viral trick-shot videos have earned them more than 32 million subscribers and 5 billion video views on YouTube, and their very own television series on Nickelodeon.
In addition to being the largest attendance in the 16-season history of the RoughRiders, Friday's crowd was also the first to ever eclipse the 12,000 mark. The previous record was set on June 12, 2015, when 11,927 fans packed Dr Pepper Ballpark for "Full House Night," which featured a celebrity appearance by famous sitcom actor and comedian Dave Coulier.
"The response to Friday's Dude Perfect Night promotion is unlike anything the RoughRiders' franchise and our ballpark community has ever experienced, and with the great success we've enjoyed over 16 seasons that's saying something," said RoughRiders' President & General Manager Andy Milovich. "Friday provided another wonderful example of the type of unique, can't-miss ballpark entertainment experience we create many times throughout the spring and summer months that is unlike any other fun, affordable, family entertainment option in our market."
In addition to Friday's record-breaking total, nine of the 10 largest single-game attendances in team history have come since the start of the 2015 season. That year marked the first full season of General Partner & CEO Chuck Greenberg's ownership tenure.
TOP 10 CROWDS IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
1. 12,067 - July 20, 2018
2. 11,927 - June 12, 2015
3. 11,915 - May 8, 2015
4. 11,897 - May 5, 2017
5. 11,876 - July 4, 2015
6. 11,844 - May 21, 2018
7. 11,842 - May 1, 2016
8. 11,841 - September 3, 2017
9. 11,836 - July 4, 2003
10. 11,813 - September 6, 2015
The RoughRiders' 2018 home schedule continues through Friday, August 31. Fans with Flex Ticket packages or customers interested in purchasing single-game tickets, group and hospitality packages, or Choctaw Lazy River outings for any remaining 2018 RoughRiders home game are invited to stop by the Dr Pepper Ballpark ticket office in-person, call (972) 731-9200, email email@example.com, or visit RidersBaseball.com.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 13 seasons (2005-2017). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Choctaw Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Neftali Feliz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.