Jacksonville fans set Baseball Grounds series attendance record

Five-day total of 41,276 was most to watch a single series in the 15-year history of the ballpark

A sellout crowd of 10,477 - the largest for a Jacksonville home opener since the Baseball Grounds' inaugural game - watched the first-ever Jumbo Shrimp home game April 12. (Garrett Haupt)

By Marco LaNave / Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp | April 16, 2017 5:30 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With 41,276 in attendance over five days, Jacksonville fans made the inaugural Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home series the highest-attended series in the 15-year history of the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Jacksonville's opening series attendance increased by 57 percent over last season, and has increased by 110 percent over the first two seasons of new ownership by Fast Forward Sports Group. After their game Sunday, the Jumbo Shrimp led all of the Southern League and Double-A baseball, while also ranking fifth in all of domestic Minor League Baseball, in home attendance for the 2017 season.

"This season's opening series has truly been something special," said Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Owner Ken Babby. "We are totally humbled and honored by the response from Jacksonville and the fans and can't thank you enough for making this weekend one to remember."

Wednesday's Opening Night sellout of 10,477 was the largest crowd at a Southern League game at the ballpark since July 3, 2012, and Jacksonville's largest opening crowd since a stadium record of 12,943 attended the ballpark's first-ever game on April 11, 2003.

"We are elated by the community's response through the opening series," said General Manager Harold Craw. "We look forward to more affordable family fun with returning guests, while sharing the Jumbo Shrimp experience with first-time guests at each game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville."

Tickets start at $5 each for every Jumbo Shrimp home game can be purchased online at www.jaxshrimp.com or the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville box office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on game days beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are beginning a new era of affordable family fun with the 2017 season presented by Community First Credit Union at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With a new lineup of ticket and group options, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxshrimp.com.

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