With 613,075 visitors this season - including 20 consecutive sellouts to conclude the year -- Coca-Cola Park remains Minor League Baseball's most visited venue since debuting in 2008. By crossing the 600,000 plateau yet again, the IronPigs have the exclusive distinction of being the only Minor League franchise to eclipse the elusive 600,000 attendance barrier for each of the last six campaigns. The 9,016 per-game average for the club's official 68 home games marks the fifth straight season the IronPigs have averaged over 9,000 fans per game.
"The success of the IronPigs and Coca-Cola Park has been overwhelming and wouldn't be imaginable without our 'hog wild' fan base," exclaimed IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. "We take great pride in our fans' passion for the IronPigs and we recognize the high expectations associated with being Minor League Baseball's top drawing club since 2008. We can't wait to share a number of exciting announcements planned for this off-season in anticipation of the home opener next April 7th."
Since 2008, the IronPigs have now drawn 3,820,124 fans to Coca-Cola Park and averaged 9,031 per game - a number that drastically exceeds Coca-Cola Park's fixed seating capacity of 8,089. Every seat in the ballpark has been sold for 341 of the 423 all-time regular season games with 114 all-time capacity crowds.
The IronPigs were scheduled to host 72 games this season but were limited to 68 due to rain. Without the postponements, the IronPigs were on a pace to surpass their all-time single-season attendance mark of 645,905 established in 2010.
In 2013 alone, Coca-Cola Park and the IronPigs boasted a bevy of successful promotions, highlighted by a foam finger giveaway on Prostate Cancer Awareness Night, a funeral giveaway on Celebration of Life Night and the adoption of the first-ever urinal video game system in North America, leading to recognition in numerous national publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Sports Illustrated.
Coca-Cola Park debuted in 2008 and became an overnight sensation and drew rave reviews for its intimacy, fan-friendly atmosphere and architectural design. Furthermore, FoxNews.com ranked Lehigh Valley IronPigs fans as the best fans in all of Minor League Baseball.
Tickets for the 2013 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game at Coca-Cola Park this September 17 start at just $11 and can be purchased by calling (610) 841-PIGS (7447), by visiting ironpigsbaseball.com or by stopping by the Coca-Cola Park ticket office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
The championship game festivities begin with the Ultimate Tailgate Party presented by 99.9 The Hawk featuring an appearance by the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. All fans arriving for the Ultimate Tailgate Party prior to 4 p.m. can enjoy free parking. The tailgate festivities - which include discounted food and beverages along with family-oriented games and activities - will last from 2-6 p.m. with a first-pitch time marked for 7:08 p.m.
The IronPigs open the 2014 season at Coca-Cola Park on April 7, 2013 at 5:05 p.m. against the Buffalo Bisons. Those interested in purchasing a new ticket plan can call (610) 841-PIGS (7447) to place their deposit, starting at just $40 per seat for 18-game plans and $100 per seat for full-season ticket packages. Seat selection for new plan holders will take place this fall and is based on purchase date, the type of plan purchased and availability. Existing plan holders should have already received information on renewing their plans for the 2014 season.
Single-game tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 1, 2014 during the annual National Pig Day celebration at Coca-Cola Park.
The 2013 IronPigs baseball season is presented by Capital BlueCross.
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